President Bashar al-Assad
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad chides 'terrorists'

President Bashar al-Assad has used a televised address to parliament to speak out against the "terrorists" he blames for the ongoing violence in Syria.

Speaking in Damascus, Mr Assad said: "Terrorists are not concerned with (political) reforms. Terrorists are criminals".

Earlier this week UN peace envoy Kofi Annan warned that Syria was slipping closer to all-out war with each passing day, following a massacre at Houla in which 108 people were killed.

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