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Syrian state media praise Putin's speech at UN General Assembly in defense of ally Assad

Russian President President Vladimir Putin listens to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President President Vladimir Putin listens to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Syria's state media are praising Vladimir Putin's speech before the U.N. General Assembly in which the Russian leader defended Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Main Syrian newspapers on Tuesday said the speech drew "clear outlines" for what is needed to "fight terrorism" on a global level.

The Al-Baath daily of Assad's ruling Baath party said the essence of the Russian plan for combating terrorism is "simple and clear." The government's Tishrin daily gave a similar assessment.

Russia is one of Assad's strongest backers.

In his address Monday in New York, Putin urged the world to stick with Assad, saying it was a "huge mistake" not to engage the Syrian president's military in the fight against the Islamic State group.