Syrian President Bashar Assad's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, has fled the country for the United Arab Emirates, US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford told CNN on Thursday.
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"Members of the regime, little by little, are flaking off," Ford stated, claiming that Assad's sister Buhra had left the country previously and was living in Dubai.
"They themselves know they are losing. When [UN and Arab League envoy] Lakhdar Brahimi met Bashar Assad the last time in December in his office, he told us that you could hear artillery outside the president's office. I mean, the fighting is getting that close now to the inner circle itself. And so you can imagine what that does to their own spirits, their own morale," Ford told CNN.