DAMASCUS, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the cost of any foreign military intervention in Syria will be higher than what the entire world could handle, vowing to "live and die in Syria."
Assad made the remarks during an interview with the Russia Today TV, whose excerpts were published Thursday, while the entire interview will be aired Friday.
"I think that the cost of the foreign invasion -- if it happened -- would be higher than what the entire world could handle," Assad said.
The president said Syria is a last bastion of secularism, stability and coexistence in the region, adding that if anything happens in Syria, "it will have the domino effect that would rattle the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean."
"I don't think the West will move on in this direction (of intervention), but if they did, no one can predict what will happen after that," he said.
In an apparent response to recent Western voices about granting asylum to Assad in case he decides to leave power, Assad said, "I am not a toy, and the West hasn't made me go to the West or to any other country. I am a Syrian and made by Syria, and I have to live and die in Syria."
DAMASCUS, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Syrian state-run newspaper al- Baath expressed Thursday expectation that the U.S. administration would consider a political solution to the Syria crisis after the re-election of President Barack Obama.
"As for the Syrian crisis, it is expected that the U.S. administration under Obama's second term would consider the political solution in general and the Geneva Convention specifically," al-Baath said in an editorial titled "What after Obama's victory".Full story
DAMASCUS, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The daily grind of violence kept its escalating momentum on Wednesday with fresh blasts and clashes that have sent people on edge.
The capital Damascus woke up Wednesday morning to the rattling sound of multiple mortar shells fired by the armed rebels and struck the al-Mazzeh-86 district, killing three people and injuring other seven.Full story