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Assad Travels to Moscow to Visit Putin

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    Syrian President Bashar Assad traveled to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in his country in 2011, Syrian and Russian media reported Wednesday.

    Assad met with Putin on Tuesday to talk about continuing military operations in Syria to wipe out terrorism, a statement posted to the Syrian presidency’s official Facebook page said.

    Assad thanked Putin for his support, according to a transcript of their meeting published on the Kremlin website.

    Syria’s conflict began in March 2001 after the government used violence to crackdown on largely peaceful protests against Assad’s rule.