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Assad ‘confident’ of Russian and Iranian support

Bashar Al-Assad, the Syrian president, has said that he is confident of continuing support from key allies in Russia and Iran.

In an interview with Hezbollah’s al-Manar television network, Assad said “We have strong confidence in the Russians, as they have proven throughout this crisis, for four years, that they are sincere and transparent in their relationship with us.”

“They [the Russians] are principled, while the United States abandons its allies, abandons its friends,” he added.

“The power of Iran is the power of Syria, and a victory for Syria is a victory for Iran. We are on the same axis, the axis of resistance.”

During a speech given last month, Assad revealed that there was a shortage of manpower in the Syrian army.

The civil war in Syria began with anti-government protests in 2011, which have morphed into a multi-group conflict that has killed more than 250,000 people so far.

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