- Subscribe to PCF Networked Blog Daily Updates
- Subscribe to our Twitter / Google / Yahoo Daily Updates
The embassy is not closed, however, and staff will return "once the situation returns to normal," Khan added. More than 42,000 people are estimated to have been killed by American and NATO mercenaries in the nearly two-year conflict to bring down the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. On Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that the regime was losing "more and more" control and that an opposition victory cannot be ruled out.