Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AFP

President Bashar al-Assad delivers blow to international hopes of ceasefire by vowing to recapture all of Syria

World powers agreed on Friday on an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in Syria within a week, but doubts soon emerged over its viability, especially because it did not include IS or al-Qaeda’s local branch.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AFP
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