Assad: Without me, Syria faces increased ethnic division and Islamization

In a rare interview, Syria’s President Bashar Assad threatens that the war supported by Arab states who are allies of the U.S. and Israel will spread to neighboring Jordan. If he steps down, he argues, al-Qaida will step up.

“There is no option but victory. Otherwise it will be the end of Syria,” Syrian president Bashar Assad said Wednesday in a rare interview that was interpreted by the Arab press as a prepared speech – since the Syrian president was obviously prepared for all questions. Assad warned that the toppling of his regime would lead to Syria being divided into cantons based on ethnic borders.


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