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Russian defense minister: No civil war in Syria

July 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

MOSCOW, July 5 (UPI) -- Russia's defense minister said Friday Syria's government is not confronted with a civil war but is engaged in a battle against "roving" international forces.

Sergei Shoigu made the comment during talks with a Swedish military delegation led by Defense Minister Karin Enstrom, RIA Novosti reported.

"It is more of a fight against forces that, one way or another, are roving between different kinds of conflicts within various states," Shoigu said.

The United Nations said at least 93,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict broke out in March 2011 between President Bashar Assad's regime and rebels.

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