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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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Syria will not have dialogue with 'puppet made by West'

Addressing the nation President Assad said Syria "will not have a dialogue with a puppet made by the West".

The remarks were his first in public since a Russian television interview in November when he pledged to stay in Syria and fight to the death if necessary.

A 21-month uprising against Assad has become a civil war that the UN says has killed 60,000 people.

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