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Syria government makes opposition jihadist claim

Syria's deputy foreign minister has repeated the country's claim that the West is involved in an alliance with jihadists of al-Qaeda in the fight against President Assad's regime.

Faisal Mekdad told the BBC's Jeremy Bowen that Syria is facing a conspiracy to destroy its independence - but insisted "we are winning the war".

Jeremy Bowen reports from Damascus.

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