Assad makes rare appearance amid Islamic State assault

October 4, 2014 10:50 AM

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Assad makes rare appearance amid Islamic State assault

Syrian state television airs footage of the Syrian President praying at a Damascus mosque to mark the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday by attending prayers at a mosque in the capital, Damascus, marking the beginning of an important Muslim holiday as an offensive by Islamic State near the border with Turkey intensified.

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