BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s president used the hours ahead of a Monday cease-fire negotiated by Russia and the United States to promise victory in his country’s five-year-old civil war, punctuating his pledge by visiting a Damascus suburb that rebels surrendered last month.
The visit by President Bashar al-Assad to the suburb, Daraya, which had long been held by armed opposition fighters who want him deposed, was prominently reported by state television and other government news media.
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