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Assad to show foreign mercenaries

2012-05-16 21:50

Moscow - Syrian President Bashar Assad says his country has captured foreign mercenaries who were fighting for the opposition and is ready to show them to the world.

Assad made the claim in an interview on Russian state television's news channel Rossiya-24. In the interview broadcast on Wednesday, he also complained that Western countries voice protests against violence by his regime's forces but not by the opposition fighters.

Assad says religious extremists and al-Qaeda members from abroad are among the forces fighting his government.

He says, "There are foreign mercenaries, some of them still alive. They are being detained and we are preparing to show them to the world."

The Assad regime's crackdown on a 14-month-long popular uprising has left thousands dead and prompted international condemnation.

Comments
  • Diana - 2012-05-16 22:51

    These opposition guys cannot come together with what they want for the country. More than likely the whole thing was set up; pity innocent people have to pay with their lives like it happened in the last bomb explosion.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 23:21

      They want to vote for their leaders. There's no mystery about this. There's also no mystery about what Assad is doing: using the Syrian people's own state and military to destroy all opposition, even if this means destroying the country. Are you that blind that you can't see this?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-17 02:27

      ""More than likely the whole thing was set up"" One reads some pretty crazy stuff on these comment sites, but surely this must belong to the more absurd ones!! The Syrian crisis is not complicated. Daddy assad, from a tiny minority tribe, STOLE this country. After 48 years, and after tens of thousands opposition members have died in this perios, the Syrian people want; -------------THEIR COUNTRY BACK--------------- Nothing more--------------and----NOTHING LESS !!!!!!

      Diana - 2012-05-17 08:19

      Anthony fred PLEASE stop using slogans and mottos cant you speak just normal words? And yes i do not believe in type of democracy when several armed groups of people are fighting against the president and the same time between each other. Otherwise i dont mind Assad to go and bunch of rebels to take over the country after all its not my home. Unfortunately after this happens its will be to late to cry over innocent victims. P.S. Why so a lot of attention towards Syria from you side? Why you shouldnt concentrate on Yemen which is a real hornet's nest?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 21:42

      The president is unelected Diana. Hence he's not really a president.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 23:26

    He's probably captured some now, after eleven months of unarmed demonstrations, which he's attempted to crush by killing thousands of demonstrators, mostly with sniper-fire, and detained, tortured and raped tens of thousands more. I mean really. Does he think the world (other than the autocratic Chinese, Russian, Iranian, North Korean and Zimbabwean regimes) is going to buy this? Everybody with half a brain fully expects there to be foreign mercenaries now.

      Matt - 2012-05-17 08:53

      \11 months of unarmed protests\ get your head out of your a** freddy. You know sh*t about the situation, I find it hard to believe unarmed protesters could take out security forces equipped with light tanks, don't you?. Its not as simple as you would like it to be. \Everyone with half a brain fully expects mercenaries\ , no fred. Mercenaries are paid to kill, they kill for money, not for freedom, not for justice, who do you think pays them? The Syrian people? You think the Syrian people want foreign mercenaries in their country?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 21:42

      Matt, you believe the US attacked itself on 9/11. Enough said.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-17 02:41

    ""Bashar Ass says his country has captured foreign mercenaries"" If this civil war would not be so tragic, this assad would be the "clown of Damascus" After a full year........he found one !! If this thug had anything between his ears, he would have paid a few of his admirerers to parade for him on TV, 8 months ago. Probably last weekend, woke up in a sweat, woke up his lovely corrupt wife, and said ""I got it, Now I will show these bastards"" This guy is a psychopath !!!

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