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Syria conflict: Assad 'needs more time to win battle'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the government needs more time to "win the battle" against rebel forces, in an interview with pro-government al-Dunya TV.

Opposition activists say the army has launched offensives across the country to regain control of rebel-held areas.

Mr Assad said the government was fighting "a regional and global battle".