April 14, 2018 / 10:22 AM / 8 days ago

Syria's Assad vows to 'crush terrorism' after Western attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that a U.S.-led attack on Saturday would increase Syria’s resolve to “fight and crush terrorism in every inch” of the country, the Syrian presidency said.

FILE PHOTO: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as seen in Damascus, Syria November 14, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Rouhani told Assad that Iran would continue to stand by Syria, “expressing his confidence that this aggression would not weaken the determination of the Syrian people in its war against terrorism”.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Samia Nakhoul

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