Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is insisting that his military will eventually win the civil war that's raging in his country, and that he just "needs more time." Assad's declaration comes as his military stepped up its attacks against rebels, with hundreds of people found dead the Damascus suburb of Daraya over the weekend. Assad said the idea of creating humanitarian buffer zones was "unrealistic" and that his government is fighting "a battle both regionally and internationally." In another report on Wednesday, leaders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps. said the country is sending commanders and soldiers to Syria to support Assad. It's the first acknowledgement by Iran's military of its role in Syria's grueling civil war.
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