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Syria's Assad Visits Troops on Front Line Near Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a district on the outskirts of Damascus and thanked soldiers fighting “in the face of terrorism,” his office said on Twitter late Wednesday, posting pictures of the rare trip. Syrian television on Thursday aired footage of the New Year visit, accompanying it with patriotic music. It showed Assad talking to troops, embracing them and sharing a meal outside, in what was presented as a morale boost for soldiers on the frontline of the country's...

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