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Syria: Bashar al-Assad vows to use 'iron fist' to crush unrest

In Syria, President Assad has blamed a foreign conspiracy for the unrest and violence of the past year.

In a defiant two-hour speech - his first for several months - he promised to use an 'iron fist' to crush what he described as 'terrorism'.

The main opposition, the Syrian National Council, says the anti-government protests will continue.

John Simpson reports.

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