Syria's Assad says rebels will be defeated

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Syria’s Assad says rebels will be defeated

BEIRUT — The Syrian president said in remarks published today that he is adamant his regime will not fall.

The weekly Al-Ahram Al-Arabi quoted Bashar Assad as saying that the rebels “will not succeed” and that a foreign military intervention such as the one that helped topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will “not be repeated” in Syria.

In his remarks, Assad also launched one of his harshest attacks on Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which have been among his strongest critics and backers of the opposition, saying they are trying to influence the region with their money.

Assad’s comments came as an opposition group, the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, accused the regime of being behind the disappearance of two of its leaders. The leaders disappeared Thursday along with a friend who had picked them up at Damascus International Airport, the group said.

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