Agence France-PresseApril 18, 2013 09:00
With the conflict ravaging his country in its third year, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is maintaining a hardline stance, insisting he will triumph over rebel forces and all but ruling out dialogue.
In an interview broadcast on Wednesday, the embattled leader struck a combative tone, again dubbing the opposition forces fighting his regime as "terrorists" and saying there was "no option but victory."
"It was a very provocative address. He is even more determined than before," Rime Allaf, a Syria expert at London's Chatham House think tank, told AFP.