In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks during an interview with a U.S. magazine, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.(AP Photo/SANA)
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Syrian President Bashar Assad says he shares the same goals as Iran and Russia when it comes to the brutal war tearing apart his country.Russia operates a naval base in Tartous along Syria's western shores that includes warships, barracks and warehouses.Last week, Assad told Russian news channels that he would welcome an increased Russian military presence at Syria's seaports.More than 215,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began, and half the country's population has been displaced.
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