Syrian president vows to liberate ‘every inch’ of country

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has underlined his government’s determination to liberate “every inch” of Syria held by foreign-backed militants.

In a Thursday interview with French media, Assad said the liberation of the northern city of Raqqah is not the only priority for his government, noting that “Raqqah is a symbol.”

“You have ISIS (Daesh) close to Damascus, you have them everywhere,” Assad said. “Everywhere is a priority depending on the development of the battle,” he added.

“For us it is all the same, Raqqah, Palmyra, Idlib, it’s all the same,” Assad pointed out, stressing that it is the “duty of any government” to regain control of “every inch” of its territory.

The remarks came as the Syrian army uploaded a video to its website showing government troops clashing with militants from al-Nusra Front in Dara’a Province.

The militants say they seek to obstruct any army attempts to capture a strategic border crossing with Jordan. The army’s control over the crossing in the southern strip of the city would sever the militants’ access to the eastern and western parts of Dara’a.

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