Govt claims victory over rebels in Syria

Govt claims victory over rebels in Syria

The Syrian government has declared victory against rebel forces in the country.

A spokesman said the year-long struggle to overthrow President Assad's regime is over.

However, he said government forces will stay in cities to "maintain security" until it is safe to withdraw in line with a UN-backed peace deal.

Western and Arab officials are gathering in Turkey for talks on Syria's future which take place tomorrow.

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