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Syria's Assad hails Palmyra capture as 'important achievement'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answers questions during an interview with German public broadcaster ARD in the Syrian capital Damascus in a picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 1, 2016“This is an important achievement and fresh proof of the efficiency of the Syrian army and its allies in fighting terrorism,” Assad said of the recapture of Palmyra, during a meeting with French parliamentarians in Damascus. Syria’s government has strived to position itself as the primary anti-jihadist force in the country. The army pledged on Sunday to build on its win in Palmyra by pushing their offensives against IS strongholds in northern Raqa and Deir Ezzor in the east.

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