Assad says Syria troops advancing thanks to Russia strikes

Bashar al-Assad (right) speaks with a journalist from China's Phoenix television on November 22, 2015, in DamascusSyrian government troops are advancing on “nearly every front” thanks to Russian air strikes that began in September, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview released Sunday. The embattled president also said he favoured new peace talks to be hosted in Moscow, but stressed that the Syrian conflict could not be resolved without “defeating terrorism”. In the interview with Hong Kong-based Phoenix television, Assad said the situation in Syria had “improved in a very good way” since Russia began air strikes on September 30.

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