Syrian President Bashar Assad addresses parliament in Damascus on Tuesday, saying he will retake "every inch" of Syrian territory. Assad's defiant tone comes at a time when peace efforts for the country have been crumbling. SANA via AP hide caption

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Bashar Assad's Defiance Points To A Syrian Peace Effort In Tatters

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Syria's regime and opposition groups have agreed on a "cessation of hostilities." Here, a Syrian flag waves as vehicles move during rush hour in Damascus on Sunday. Hassan Ammar/AP hide caption

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Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during a Dec. 11 interview in Damascus with the Spanish news agency EFE. In his latest interview, he blames foreign powers and "terrorists" for the country's civil war and says he still hopes to put the country back together. SANA via AP hide caption

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Damaged vehicles are seen at the site of a double car bomb attack in the Zahraa neighborhood of Homs in central Syria. The city is almost completely controlled by the Syrian government, and has regularly been targeted by attacks. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trucks from the International Committee of the Red Cross, working alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations, carry food, medical items, blankets and other materials into the Syrian town of Madaya on Monday. AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin. Assad was in Moscow, in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in Syria in 2011, to meet his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during his meeting with the heads and members of public organizations and professional associations in Damascus, on Sunday. Assad acknowledged that the fight against rebels had suffered setbacks, but vowed to win against insurgents. SANA/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News the U.S. is pushing for Syrian President Bashar Assad to seriously discuss a transition strategy to quell the Arab country's four-year civil war. Brian Snyder/AP hide caption

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Syria's President Bashar Assad is seen Monday during the filming of an interview with the BBC in Damascus. Assad said third parties including Iraq were conveying information about a U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes against the self-declared Islamic State group in Syria. SANA/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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President Obama walks along the West Wing Colonnade toward the Oval Office ahead of Tuesday night's speech on Syria. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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