Assad Holds Secret Meeting With Putin in Moscow

The Syrian leader left his country for the first time since the start of Syria's civil war.
0:58 | 10/21/15

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secret meeting, take a look at Syrian leader bashar Al Assad and Russian president Vladimir Putin, Assad sneaking out of his country as he fights a civil war against u.s.-backed rebels and Isis. ABC's Alex Marquardt is in the region with the very latest on that story. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. Well, president Assad is already back in Syria after this meeting that took everybody by surprise. It's remarkable because it's the first time that Assad has left Syria during this war that has now lasted almost five years. It shows real confidence by Putin and Assad in the middle of this conflict that has left around 250,000 Syrians dead. Now, of course, the U.S. Has said that Assad has no role in the future of Syria because of everything he's done to his people, the U.S. Has long backed the rebels that are looking to oust him. The same rebels that Putin is now targeting with his air force in Syria. So this meeting is Russia saying to the U.S. And to the world that Assad isn't going anywhere. Assad -- Amy. All right, Alex Marquardt with the latest on that disturbing story.

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