ABC's Barbara Walters interviewing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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ABC's Barbara Walters on her President Assad interview

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has told US channel ABC News, that he did not order the military to kill or be brutal in its crackdown on anti-government protesters.

ABC's Barbara Walters told the BBC that the president seemed calm and collected when she interviewed him in Damascus.

She said there was a disconnect between what he said and what was going on in Syria.

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