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Assad says enemies fail to inject fear into his heart

(Xinhua)

08:32, August 30, 2012

DAMASCUS, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday that the parties his administration is battling have not succeeded in injecting fear into his heart or the hearts of the Syrian people, noting that the Syrian troops are fighting one of the most complicated battles.

Assad's remarks were made during an interview with the pro- government Addounia TV aired Wednesday evening, in which he appeared relaxed and scoffed at the rumor spread by the opposition abroad that he had fled the capital, or escaped abroad. He told his interviewer that "I'm here with you in Damascus inside the republican palace."

Assad said the situation in Syria is "practically better" and the military showdown "needs time," adding that the military and security forces are carrying on "heroic acts in every sense of the word."

"We're fighting a regional and global battle and must have more time to resolve (it)," he said.

The president said the anti-government movement has been armed from its first week when "a number of security and police martyrs had fallen."

"When the army forces sensed there was a notable escalation, the troops intervened and did not hesitate, not even for one moment, to strive for ending the violence," he said.

Assad said anyone who has made mistakes or seeks to prolong the crisis should be held accountable for what they did.

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