Syria ready for US 'aggression'

President Bashar al-Assad has said Syria is capable of confronting any "external aggression", Reuters reports, citing state television. The United States are seeking approval from Congress to take military action.

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Assad: Syria can confront any external aggression

President Assad reportedly said America's threat "will not discourage Syria away from its principles".

President Bashar al-Assad has said Syria is capable of confronting any external attack , Reuters reports, citing state television.

"Syria ... is capable of confronting any external aggression," Assad is quoted as saying at a meeting with Iranian officials.

"The American threats of launching an attack against Syria will not discourage Syria away from its principles ... or its fight against terrorism supported by some regional and Western countries, first and foremost the United States of America."

Syria generally refers to rebels fighting to topple Assad as "terrorists".

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