After three years of grinding conflict, Bashar al-Assad is quietly preparing to be re-elected.
Says he won't compromise Israeli security as U.S. president looks to salvage Mideast peace talks.
Cited chemical attack as "one of many horrors" in the civil war.
Says U.S. may pull all of its troops out of his country by the year's end if security agreement is not in place.
The claim came during the second hearing of ousted leader's trial on espionage charge.
President Barack Obama wary of any direct involvement in the civil war.
Though the fragile nation still needs a president, it looks far more stable than even a week ago.
Aim is to build on interim deal, in which Iran agreed to curb uranium enrichment in return for partial sanctions relief.
Leader says members will continue to fight alongside pro-Assad forces.
Officials said to be frustrated by prospects of getting the Afghan leader to sign a long-term pact.
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