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Assad Vows to 'Liberate' Every Inch of Syria

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Assad says his government "has no alternative but to be victorious."

In this photo, which AP obtained from Syrian official news agency SANA, has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, President Bashar Assad gestures as he speaks during an interview with Italy's RAI News 24 TV, at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Assad says his government will abide by last week's U.N. resolution calling for the country's chemical weapons program to be dismantled and destroyed. Credit: AP

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has vowed to "liberate" every inch of the country in the same way his troops recaptured the historic town of Palmyra from the Islamic State group.

Assad says the situation on the ground is much better than it was months ago. He spoke on Tuesday to the newly-elected parliament.

The scales of war in Syria have tipped in Assad's favor since Russia began an aerial campaign last September helping the government troops capture wide areas from insurgents.

The biggest victory came in March, when Syrian forces evicted the Islamic State group from Palmyra.

Assad says his government "has no alternative but to be victorious."

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