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Syria's Assad Vows to Reclaim Ground From 'Terrorists'

Assad was photographed praying at a mosque Monday in a suburb of Damascus



    Syria's Assad Vows to Reclaim Ground From 'Terrorists'
    In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, fourth right, prays at the dawn Eid al-Adha prayers at the Saad ibn Muaaz Mosque in Daraya, a blockaded Damascus suburb, Syria, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday the state was determined "to recover every area from the terrorists, and to rebuild," a comment that came during a tour of the Damascus suburb of Daraya, which was evacuated by rebels and returned to state control last month.

    Assad prayed at a mosque in Daraya on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. The visit came hours before a U.S.-Russian cease-fire deal was due to take effect.

    Daraya had been a major symbol of the uprising against Assad, and its surrender to government forces after years of siege marked a big blow to the rebellion.

    Assad was pictured kneeling at prayer in a bare hall alongside other worshippers, including the state's grand mufti, in a photo published by state news agency SANA.

    Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images