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Assad attacks 'puppet' rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected the opposition movement in Syria as "enemies of the people, the enemies of God" and branded them "puppets" created by the West, in a rare public address in Damascus.

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Analyst: Assad looked 'confident' and 'defiant' in speech

Professor Fawaz Gerges, head of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad looked "confident" and "defiant" in his speech in Damascus today.

Professor Gerges added that the speech showed that Assad was not on the "verge of imminent collapse."

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