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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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Assad calls for 'full national mobilisation' to fight rebels

President Assad called for "full national mobilisation" to fight against rebels in Syria, in an address at the opera house in central Damascus.

We meet today and suffering is overwhelming Syrian land. There is no place for joy while security and stability are absent on the streets of our country. The nation is for all and we all must protect it.

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