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Syria's Assad assails rebels and their allies as he starts third term
Syria's Assad assails rebels and their allies as he starts third term

With global attention turned to crises raging elsewhere in the region, a triumphant and defiant Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a third term as president of war-ravaged Syria. Assad’s address during an elaborate ceremony at the presidential palace overlooking Damascus, reported by the official Syrian Arab News Agency, was a virtual declaration of victory in the war that has convulsed the Middle Eastern nation since 2011. Still, he vowed to fight on to evict “terrorists” — as he routinely calls anti-government rebels — from remaining strongholds such as the northern cities of Aleppo and Raqqah. “They wanted ... a revolution, but you have...

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