Assad: Countries lined up against him have military intervention as their only remaining option

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 9:04 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president is quoted today as saying that the countries who are siding with the rebels there have "used up all their tools" in their campaign to overthrow his regime.

In comments to a state-run newspaper (Al-Thawra), Bashar Assad said those countries have "nothing left except direct intervention" -- and he added that he doesn't think that will happen.

Assad rejected the idea that what has been happening in Syria for more than two years is a revolution. Instead, he insisted it's a conspiracy by Western and some Arab states to destabilize his country.

His remarks came as Western-backed Syrian opposition figures gathered in Turkey for talks on electing a new leadership.

In the same interview, Assad praised the massive protests by Egyptians against their Islamist leader, Mohammed Morsi. Assad said the overthrow of Morsi means the end of "political Islam."

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APPHOTO BEI103: This Wednesday, July 3, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows homes destroyed by Syrian government airstrikes and shelling, in Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy clashes between government troops and rebels on Thursday in the Khaldiyeh and Bab Houd districts of Homs, and said regime warplanes hit targets there early in the morning. Rebels have held those districts for the past year. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC) (4 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO BEI102: In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, speaks during an interview published with the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper, in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, July 4, 2013. Assad said that countries conspiring against Syria have "used up all their tools" in their campaign to overthrow his regime and rejected the idea that what has been happening in Syria since more than two years is a revolution. (AP Photo/SANA) (2 Jul 2013)

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