Syrias Assad Says Still Pursuing Political Solution For Rebel-held South


BEIRUT – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday his government is still pursuing a political solution for Syria’s rebel-held southwest, but will use military force if this fails.

“We are giving the political process a chance. If that doesn’t succeed, we have no other option but to liberate it by force,” Assad said in an interview with Iranian channel al-Alam News carried in full by Syrian state news agency SANA.

The southwest, bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Jordan, is one of the remaining parts of Syria still outside the control of the state, which has recovered swathes of territory with the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias.

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