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Assad sworn in for third term as Syrian president

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IRBIL, IRAQ — With global attention turned to crises raging elsewhere in the region, a triumphant and defiant Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a third term as president of war-ravaged Syria.

Assad’s address during an elaborate ceremony at the presidential palace overlooking Damascus, the Syrian capital was a virtual declaration of victory in the war that has convulsed the Middle Eastern nation since 2011.

Still, he vowed to fight on to evict “terrorists” — as he routinely calls…

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