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Syria's Assad attends prayers for Prophet Mohammed's birthday

Monday, January 05, 2015 - 00:55

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attends a prayer ceremony in Damascus to mark the Prophet Mohammed's birthday. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In Damascus on Sunday, prayers by Syria's top leadership to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed. President Bashar al-Assad was there, and so were leading members of his government -- including the Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament. Syrian State TV showed Assad shaking hands with scholars from various Muslim sects - Sunni, Shi'ite and Alawite. It's Assad's second public appearance in a week, after a New Year's Day visit to troops on the outskirts of the capitol. This, as a protracted war -- which began as a pro-democracy movement in 2011 -- trudges on into 2015. No one group enjoys significant momentum in the fighting, and last month Assad said he expects the conflict to be difficult and long.

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Syria's Assad attends prayers for Prophet Mohammed's birthday

Monday, January 05, 2015 - 00:55