* Assad vows to fight on, win back all Syria
* Says Aleppo will be graveyard for Erdogan's "dreams"
* Russia has vowed strong support for government near Aleppo
(Adds Assad remarks on peace talks, context)
BEIRUT, June 7 President Bashar al-Assad vowed
on Tuesday to fight on in what he called Syria's war against
terrorism, showing no sign of compromise in his first major
address since peace talks broke down in April.
Assad said he would win back "every inch" of Syria and said
Aleppo would be a graveyard for the hopes and dreams of Turkish
President Tayyip Erdogan, a major sponsor of the insurgents
battling to topple him.
"Our war against terrorism is continuing," Assad said in a
speech to parliament broadcast by state TV. "As we liberated
Tadmur (Palmyra) and before it many areas, we will liberate
every inch of Syria from their hands. Our only option is
victory, otherwise Syria will not continue."
The Syrian army and allied militia, aided by Russian air
strikes, recovered control of Palmyra from Islamic State
insurgents in March. In addition to the war with Islamic State,
Assad is fighting rebels who include groups that have received
support from his foreign enemies, Turkey included.
The war has greatly diminished Assad's control of Syria,
with Islamic State, an array of rebel groups, and a powerful
Kurdish militia establishing authority over wide parts of the
Aleppo, Syria's largest city and pre-war commercial hub, and
the surrounding area at the border with Turkey have comprised a
major theatre in the war, divided between areas of government
and rebel control. Escalating fighting there helped ruin the
cessation of hostilities agreement agreed in February.
Assad accused Erdogan of recently sending thousands of
militants to Aleppo. Russia, which has been bombing in support
of Assad since September, said on Saturday more that 2,000
militants had mobilised in the Aleppo area.
Russia said on Monday its air forces would provide "the most
active" support to Syrian government troops so as not to let
Aleppo and the surrounding area fall into the hands of fighters
it called terrorists.
The United States and Russia brokered the cessation of
hostilities as part of an effort to get U.N.-backed peace talks
moving earlier this year. The talks broke down in April when the
main opposition alliance withdrew over what it described as a
worsening situation on the ground.
Assad said there had been no real talks in Geneva.
He thanked Russia, Iran, China and the Lebanese Shi'ite
Muslim group Hezbollah for the support they had provided.
Alluding to suggestions of divisions in the alliance,
particularly between Iran and Russia, Assad said people should
not listen to reports about "differences, struggles and
divisions". He said the alliance was stronger than ever.
He was speaking at the parliament that convened this week
for the first time since it was elected in April. The election
was held in government-controlled parts of Syria.
Government supporters said the vote was a sign of support
for Assad, while his opponents said it was illegitimate.
(Reporting by Tom Perry/Laila Bassam; Editing by Mark Heinrich)