Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives an exclusive interview to AFP in the capital Damascus on February 11, 2016President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep “fighting terrorism” while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire. Assad said the main aim of a Russian-backed regime offensive in Aleppo province that has prompted tens of thousands of people to flee was to cut the rebels’ supply route from Turkey. “It makes no sense for us to say that we will give up any part,” he said in the interview conducted on Thursday in Damascus, before a plan for a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria was announced.

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