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Syria's Bashar Assad Celebrates Eid Al Adha In A Place His Regime Starved And Bombed For Years

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As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al Adha on Monday by praying, visiting loved ones and helping the less fortunate, Syria’s Bashar Assad marked the holiday in a place infamous for starvation and suffering inflicted by his own military. The Syrian leader ― slammed as a ruthless dictator by many Syrians and hailed as a hero by those still loyal to him ― was pictured praying in a mosque in the Damascus suburb of Daraya. Photos posted on social media also showed Assad and his delegation walking through streets of crumbling, deserted-looking buildings. Assad’s message was clear: He’d won back Daraya and would stop at nothing to gain control of the rest of the country. What was not clear is how the controversial ceasefire announced on Saturday would fit into his plan.

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