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Assad says Syria faces "real war" waged from outside

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday his country was facing a war waged from outside the country and that terrorism was escalating despite political steps including last month’s parliamentary election.

“We are not facing a political problem because if we were this party would put forth a political program. What we are facing is (an attempt) to sow sectarian strife and the tool of this is terrorism,” Assad said in a speech to parliament, broadcast on Syrian television.

“The issue is terrorism. We are facing a real war waged from the outside,” Assad said.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Mariam Karouny; Editing by Jon Hemming)

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