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UAE reopens its embassy in Damascus, another sign Assad has won Syria's civil war

BEIRUT - The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus on Thursday, marking the first official acknowledgment by regional adversaries of Syrian President Bashar Assad that he has won the almost eight-year civil war to dislodge him.

The embassy was shuttered in February 2012, almost a year into a crisis that began with Arab Spring-inspired protests against Assad's rule and metastasized into a bloody sectarian conflict

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