Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vows that his troops will regain areas still controlled by rebels in the country "without hesitation or relenting."
"The Armed Forces are continuing without hesitation or relenting and regardless of any internal or external circumstances to restore security and safety to every area in Syria," he says, according to the official Syrian news agency SANA.
Al-Assad's remarks come hours before a truce, brokered by his allied Russia and the US, is to take effect across Syria.
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