- uploaded: Jan 29, 2013
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An analyst says the "strong, well-trained and well-equipped" Syrian army; one of the Middle East region's biggest armies undeniably has the upper hand in the battle with the foreign-backed militants.
The comment comes as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says army forces have gained "upper hand" in the battle with the foreign-backed militants.
"The army has a very large lead on the ground and has achieved significant gains," Assad said in an interview with the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar published on Monday.