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Assad says Syria can confront threats after Israel strike
Published Sunday 03/02/2013 (updated) 05/02/2013 09:56
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Syria's President Bashar Assad meets Iran's Supreme National
Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili in Damascus February 3,
2013, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national
news agency SANA. (Reuters/Sana)
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- President Bashar Assad accused Israel on Sunday of trying to destabilize Syria by attacking a military research base outside Damascus last week, and said Syria was able to confront "current threats ...and aggression", state media said.

Assad made the remarks in a meeting with Saeed Jalili, Iran's national security council secretary, in the Syrian capital. It was his first reported response to the attack.

State news agency SANA quoted Jalili as reaffirming Tehran's "full support for the Syrian people ... facing the Zionist aggression, and its continued coordination to confront the conspiracies and foreign projects".

The Syrian president, Shiite Iran's closest Arab ally, is battling a 22-month-old uprising in which 60,000 people have been killed. Assad says the rebels are Islamist terrorists funded and armed by Turkey and Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab states.

Neighboring Israel has said it might have to intervene to prevent Syrian chemical or advanced weapons falling into the hands of militant groups, including Lebanon's Hezbollah whch fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006.

Diplomats, Syrian rebels and security sources said Israeli jets bombed a convoy near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, apparently hitting weapons destined for Hezbollah. Syria said the target was a military research center northwest of Damascus.
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1 ) the guy slaughters 200 of his / people EVERY DAY
03/02/2013 14:44
without a blink!! what a rodent!

2 ) GJ / GJ
03/02/2013 14:59
Assad, you're in a whole heap of trouble. Iran, you're backing a dead horse. summary: its not looking good for evil 1 and evil 2

3 ) AmerigoV / Collapse
03/02/2013 15:07
Notice : "the Islamic awakening movement in the region would give a proper response to the Zionist regime." The iranians will fight Israel to the last Syrian, Lebanese, or the last Gazan soldier. From the beginning of their terror activities, the Iranian stuck to Marcus Aurelius theory, that the war must always be conducted away from home, so they used they proxies to kill 250 US marines, and to conduct their wars, from Lebanon, Gaza, and Syria. This way their cost is only fin

4 ) AKeenReader / UK
03/02/2013 18:12
The problem with most arab countries is that they talk a lot but take no action against Israel. That's why Israel is becoming bullish towards them & to the rest of the world. It's high time Arabs joined forces and show Israeli govt that they also mean business and will not take its behaviour sitting down.

5 ) Outlier / USA
03/02/2013 18:32
Assad is more delusional than usual. Hard to believe!

6 ) ABE / USA
03/02/2013 19:17
Yeah sure they will do something!! (lol). It is easier to kill your own people!

7 ) Mel / USA
04/02/2013 19:21
I hope Assad will bring to the attention of the UNSC/UNGA how Israel is planning a new "BUFFER Zone" too,which is to be situated 17 KILOMETERS INSIDE sovereign Syrian land! NOT ACCEPTABLE!
Israel is about to ANNEX more Syrian land to Israel(LAND THEFT)&no doubt either offer that as 'Palestinian'land,OR build MORE Jewish-only COLONIES on it,using stolen Syrian WATER supplies!? Israel still wants the Litani River too! UNACCEPTABLE!
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