Syrian President Bashar Assad said, "Defeat does not exist in the dictionary of the Syrian Arab army." Photo: Screenshot, Press TV via AP video.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said, “Defeat does not exist in the dictionary of the Syrian Arab army.” Photo: Screenshot, Press TV.

In his first public address in a year, embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed Sunday to win his country’s long-running civil war while acknowledging his troops had given up control of some territory.

Assad’s speech, while confident, comes as his battered country is host to the extremist Islamic State group, which is targeted in daily U.S.-led airstrikes. Turkey also has begun striking Islamic State fighters in Syria, as well as some Kurdish forces now leading a ground offensive against the extremists within the splintered country’s borders.

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Source:: The Algemeiner

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