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    Damascus at War Against Terrorists, Not Syrian Opposition - Envoy to Russia

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    Damascus is at war against terrorists and seeks to work with the opposition on political settlement, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said Wednesday. He added that there are only Jabhat Fatah al-Sham group formerly known as the Nusra Front terrorists in eastern Aleppo.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Speaking at a press conference organized by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, Haddad reassured that Damascus sees the difference between the opposition and Islamist militants.

    "We should fight terrorism and this is the strategy that the government employs. In parallel, we are conducting political work and are trying to achieve political settlement with the opposition. In other words, we are moving in two directions: military and political," Haddad said.

    "We do not consider the opposition terrorists. We are fighting a war against terrorists, and we are sitting down at the negotiating table with the opposition," the diplomat asserted.

    Damascus is confident in military victory over terrorists in Aleppo, Haddad said.

    "We have no doubt that we will achieve a military victory in Aleppo, and the decision to normalize the situation in Aleppo is taken firmly by us. We will come to a positive solution of this problem," Haddad said.

    "Terrorists are entrenched in eastern Aleppo. It is al-Nusra Front and its allies. There is no opposition with which we could negotiate in the eastern part of Aleppo."

    Damascus hopes that the incoming US administration under President-elect Donald Trump will revise its strategy relating to Syria, he added.

    "We hope that the new US administration will revise its strategy regarding Syria. The United States proclaimed its goals but failed to achieve them as they led to huge spending of billions of dollars. Where has the money gone? What have the US efforts led to?"

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