Thursday, April 18, 2013

Syrian President Assad: West Will Pay For 'Supporting' al-Qaida Rebels

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) attends an interview with Syrian television channel al-Ikhbariya in Damascus, in this handout photograph from Syria's national news agency SANA, April 17, 2013.

Assad: West Will Pay for 'Supporting' al-Qaida Rebels -- Voice of America

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned the West that it will pay a "heavy price" for what he called its support of al-Qaida militants fighting a two-year campaign to overthrow his autocratic government.

Speaking to state-run TV station Al-Ikhbariya in a rare interview, Mr. Assad said the consequences of alleged Western support for al-Qaida will be felt in the "heart of Europe and the United States."

The interview was broadcast Wednesday to coincide with Syria's independence day. The Syrian president offered no proof of Washington and its allies giving assistance to al-Qaida.

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