Syrian President to speak for first time in months

A statement in the Syrian media has said the country's President, Bashar al-Assad will address "the latest development in the country and region" today.

It will be the 47-year-old leader's first speech in months and his first public comments since he dismissed suggestions that he might go into exile to end the civil war, telling Russian television in November that he would "live and die" in Syria.

At the moment Insurgents are venturing ever closer into Damascus after gaining control of an suburban area from the city's eastern outskirts to the South West.

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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.