Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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Syria's Assad denounces 'puppet' opponents in TV address

6 January 2013 Last updated at 11:39 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has delivered a rare TV address, denouncing his opponents as "enemies of God and puppets of the West".

The speech was Mr Assad's first public address since June.

He rejected the Syrian opposition movement as puppets fabricated by the West, and said that Syria wanted to negotiate with the "master not the servants".