Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said in a Thursday interview with French media that his government will liberate “every inch” of Syria from terrorist groups.

He emphasised that the ISIS-held city of “Raqqa is a symbol” but not the only point of priority.

“You have ISIS close to Damascus, you have them everywhere,” Assad said.

“Everywhere is a priority depending on the development of the battle,” he continued.

“For us it is all the same, Raqqa, Palmyra, Idlib, it’s all the same,” Assad pointed out, stressing that it is the “duty of any government” to regain control of “every inch” of its territory.