Assad's forces using 'new tactics' to push back rebels

Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister speaking to ITV News in Damascus today.
Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister speaking to ITV News in Damascus today. Photo: ITV News

The deputy foreign minister of Syria has told ITV News the Syrian government is using "new tactics, new ways to deal with armed groups."

Speaking to ITV News International Correspondent Bill Neely he said the government now knew "the arts of how to fight" rebel soldiers trying to overthrow the 40 year Assad regime.

His claims come from as President Obama said today he has seen evidence of chemical weapon use inside the country, but stressed it was important to get more specific information.

Fighting continued in Damascus today as the army attempted to push back rebels from the capital. Amidst the violence, new footage of President Assad being cheered by supporters during a rare public appearance has emerged, as Bill Neely reports.

Read: Bill Neely reports on the brutal Syrian 'art of war'

Read: Obama says he has seen evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria