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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Syrian Army has repelled an attack by militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as the Nusra Front*) in the east of Idlib Province, Syrian media reported.

    According to state run news outlet SANA, the militants used tanks and heavy vehicles to attack the Syrian Army's positions. The army subsequently repelled the attack and destroyed some of the militants' vehicles.

    Earlier in the month, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated that the war in Syria would end following the victory over terrorism rather than after the adoption of a new constitution.

    A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 31, 2019 shows President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a special broadcast interview in Syria's capital Damascus.
    © AFP 2019 / Handout/SANA
    A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 31, 2019 shows President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a special broadcast interview in Syria's capital Damascus.

    In late October, the Syrian Constitutional Committee, seeking to settle the conflict and restore order and equally represented by the Syrian government, the opposition, and civil society, had its inaugural meeting in Geneva.

    Since 2011, Syria has been mired in an armed conflict between various opposition groups, including terrorist organisations, and the government led by President Bashar al-Assad.

    *a terrorist organisation banned in Russia

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