As­sad ven­tures fur­ther for Eid

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that vic­tory and the re­turn of se­cu­rity were only “a few steps” away.

Syria’s civil war has turned to As­sad’s favour since 2015, when Rus­sia sent its jets to help his army and al­lied Shi’ite mili­tias backed by Iran turn back rebels and win new ground.

As­sad has not made a de­clared visit to Hama, which is about 185km from Da­m­as­cus, since the war be­gan. Last year, he de­liv­ered Eid prayers in Homs, about 40km closer to Da­m­as­cus.

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