In 2011, a sect of civilians rose up against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, plunging the country deep into civil war.
Three years later, Syria has been ravaged by bullets and hellfire missiles. Approximately two hundred thousands have been killed and millions others have been displaced by the conflict.
Al-Assad, who has lost territory to the a fundamentalist group, Islamic State, remains steadfast. He insists that his regime is defending the country and its people from acts of terrorism.
BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen sat down for a 25 minute interview with President al-Assad.
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