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Syria Proclaims It Now Has Upper Hand Over Uprising

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A protester with his fingers painted with the Syrian flag fhashes a victory sign during a demonstration after Friday prayers on April 29, 2011, against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and to denounce the bloody crackdown on protests. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

DAMASCUS, Syria -- The Syrian government has gained the upper hand over a seven-week uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, a senior official declared Monday, in the clearest sign yet that the leadership believes its crackdown will crush protests that have begun to falter in the face of hundreds of deaths and mass arrests.

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