Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday claimed that Syria is “in the midst of a global and regional war” and therefore "victory needs time."
Assad's statement came as part of a rare interview with the Syrian Dunya Television Channel, the full contents of which are slated to air Wednesday.
In the interview, Assad summarized the current state of affairs in Syria by saying that his govervnment was "making progress" and that "the situation is actually better." He claimed that if given more time, his regime could "resolve" the matter internally.
Assad's comments follow a week of ramped-up attacks by Syrian forces in and around Damascus that have killed hundreds of people.