Assad: Rebels 'carry ideology of al-Qaeda'

President Assad said that the rebels in Syria are "bunch of criminals" who carry the "ideology of al-Qaeda". He added that Syria will remain a free and sovereign country.

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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.