Startling New Concessions Made by Syria’s Desperate President

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivers a speech in Damascus, Syria, on July 26, 2015. (SANA via AP)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivers a speech in Damascus, Syria, on July 26, 2015. (SANA via AP)

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