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Assad: pushing 'terrorists' back to Turkey

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Cursing for killing her brother, another life lost in Aleppo. An uptake in air strikes continuing to leave a trail of detestation in Syria's second city. It's president defiant it must be recaptured from rebel fighters.>> You can not cut. You have to clean. You have to keep cleaning this area.
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And to push the terrorists to Turkey. To go back to where they come from. Or to kill them.>> Mm-hm>> There's no other option.>> Asad says the conflict in his country is now a war between Russia and the West. In the wider world, there's much hand wringing but little action.
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And for the thousands of Syrians living in exile, all they can do is watch in horror as their country is torn apart. Abdul Aziz al Mashi is one of Britain's most prominent Syrian activists. He just lost 11 members of his family in an Islamic State suicide attack in his village near the Turkish border.
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The youngest, five years old, the oldest, 64.>> I lost aunts, I lost uncles and cousins in this attack. And look at the consequences. Like one of the victims is 12 years old, he lost both of his eyes. He will be disabled for the rest of his life.
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Another woman, one of my uncle's wives, she lost her leg, that means she really>> Did your family ever consider trying to leave Syria?>> I remember I spoke to my uncle, one of dead, I told him, why don't you flee Syria at that time? Because he had a daughter who died as well.
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She was five years old. And he was like, what do you want me to do? Going down in the sea. Another cousin said to me well, if I leave to whom shall I leave my house, to ISIS, or to the courts, or to the shelters? He said no, we would rather die here.
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>> Saturday will see a renewed diplomatic push, with US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting his Russian counterpart. But the bar is already low, with Sergey Lavrov saying he has no special expectations for the meeting.