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Assad Declares Failure of ‘Western Plots’ to Topple Him

Lebanese Army Battles IS on Syrian Border

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21 Aug 2017 (All day)
Assad Declares Failure of ‘Western Plots’ to Topple Him
As the offensive against remnants of the Islamic State (IS) terror militia by forces loyal to Syria’s Assad regime as well as the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah continued over the weekend, Assad made a televised statement saying “the signs of victory are there. But signs are something and winning is something else…battle continues, and where we go later and it becomes possible to talk about victory...that's a different matter".

“There are chapters that are going to be written about our friends (including) Iran, Imam Khamenei, about Russia and President Putin, about Hezbollah and Sayed Nasrallah,” he added, before declaring that Western-led plots to overthrow his regime had failed despite six and a half years of bloody conflict which has left much of Syria in ruins.

Meanwhile, elements of the Lebanese Army engaged IS holdouts near the Lebanese-Syrian border over the weekend, even as the group claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks in Europe and regional powers jostled for advantage position in the post-war settlement of Syria.