Syrian President Assad admits military setbacks, says he won't be defeated

In a rare public speech, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke in front of economic officials in Damascus on Sunday, sharing details about the state of the country's military.

Assad acknowledged that troops are withdrawing from some areas and there is a shortage of manpower, but said that the military is not facing imminent collapse. "We will be steadfast and will achieve the missions," he said. "Defeat...does not exist in the dictionaries of the Syrian Arab army." He thanked allies like

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