Assad 'deluded' in claiming military solution: US

In an exclusive interview with AFP, defiant Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to recapture the country as a whole and keep 'fighting terrorism'Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “deluded” if he thinks there is a military solution to the war in Syria, nearly five years into a brutal conflict that has killed more than 260,000 people, a US official said. “He’s deluded if he thinks that there’s a military solution to the conflict in Syria,” deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Friday. Assad spoke hours before world powers agreed on an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in Syria within a week, but doubts soon emerged over its viability, especially because it did not include IS or Al-Qaeda’s local branch.

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