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Assad: 'Defeat Does Not Exist' for Syria

Syria's president, in a speech broadcast live on state television Sunday, acknowledged that the military has given up some regions of the country as it battles insurgents, and offered justification as to why. "We must define the important regions that the armed forces hold onto so it doesn't allow the collapse of the rest of the areas," President Bashar al-Assad said. "We are not collapsing . . . Defeat does not exist in the dictionary of the Syrian Arab...

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