As­sad calls on rebels to join anti-ISIS fight

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad called on in­sur­gents fight­ing his gov­ern­ment to join with his forces in­stead, and do bat­tle against the Is­lamic State. Only af­ter that group is de­feated can there be a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the war that has dev­as­tated the coun­try, As­sad said in an in­ter­view Wed­nes­day.

As­sad spoke to Rus­sian state news media out­lets at a time when Rus­sia is step­ping up its mil­i­tary aid to his gov­ern­ment and its diplo­matic ef­forts to break the bloody dead­lock in Syria.

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