Assad mobbed by supporters after speech in Damascus

Bashar Assad Syria
President Bashar al-Assad waves to his supporters after speaking in Damascus. Credit: Sana Sana / Reuters
Bashar Assad Syria
Assad (top left) was mobbed by supporters after his speech at the Opera House. Credit: Sana Sana / Reuters

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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.