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Assad sworn in, pledges to fight 'terrorism'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a 3rd term. He pledged to go on fighting anti-government forces, calling their resistance "terrorism".

In his inaugural speech on Wednesday at the presidential palace in Damascus, Assad said he will continue to fight "terrorism" until public order is restored throughout the nation.

He also referred to border crossings by an Islamist militant group to neighboring Iraq and the expansion of territory under its control there.

Assad said his government has been warning of this, and criticized Arab and Western countries by saying they will pay a high price for their support of terrorism.

Assad apparently intended to stress his legitimacy at the inaugural address after winning nearly 90 percent of the vote in the recent presidential election in which he had rival candidates for the first time.

But the civil war with anti-government forces in Syria goes on without any sign of heading toward a conclusion.

Jul. 16, 2014 - Updated 23:06 UTC