Assad: 'Nation is for all and we must protect it'

In a speech in Damascus President Assad said "suffering is overwhelming Syrian land" and the "nation is for all and we must protect it".

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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.