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Assad Warns Europe Will 'Pay the Price' for Arming Rebels

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with a German newspaper in Damascus, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA, Jun. 17, 2013.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with a German newspaper in Damascus, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA, Jun. 17, 2013.
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is warning Europe it will "pay the price" if it arms the rebels fighting to drive him from power.

Assad told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that giving the rebels weapons would "export" terrorists to Europe. He said fighters in Syria would gain combat experience and return to Europe with extremist ideologies.

The Syrian president also denied U.S. accusations that he has used chemical weapons on rebel fighters with deadly results. He called it illogical.

The United States said last week it plans to arm Syrian rebels after uncovering evidence of chemical weapons.

Also Monday, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder told Reuters that neither the alliance nor the United States is considering a no-fly zone over Syria at this time.

The White House has not ruled it out completely, but Russia warns it would not permit enforced restrictions of Syrian airspace.

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by: Anonymous
June 18, 2013 1:22 AM
You should of just left power Assad, it's not too late. But don't kill more innocent civilians before you go... Do the world a favour for gods sake!


by: Anonymous
June 18, 2013 12:40 AM
Who really cares what Assad says at this point. Assad has killed more innocent civilians than any terrorist ever will. Assad has allowed his military to bombard civilian areas for 2 years, killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians. Every person he has killed counts. Arming the rebels is a smack to his face, a hard one, and obviously it is going to bring justice directly to his doorstep. He will soon have to face the people of Syria for his crimes.


by: Chemical Officer from: USA
June 17, 2013 8:23 PM
Assad is not using chemical weapons because they are not effective under Syrian weather conditions.


by: Jack from: USA
June 17, 2013 7:48 PM
Russia has a monopoly on natural gas supplies to Europe. NATO would like to break the monopoly by routing natural gas pipelines from Qatar, Kurdistan, and Saudi Arabia through Syria to the Mediterranean. Syria is ruled by Shia sect Damascus while the Syrian countryside is Sunni. Shia Iran supports Shia Damascus and Russia is a close ally of Iran. Russia has a vested interest in maintaining their natural gas monopoly at all costs.

The war in Syria began when mercenaries from Qatar invaded Syria with tacit support of Germany and France. Russia and Iran supply their Damascus ally with weapons, ammunition, latest migs, pilots and troops to defend the Shia Syrian regime.

It is not clear whether Kurds are involved in the fighting. Historical Kurdistan extends to the Mediterranean just north of the Syrian border in Turkey. Kurds are land locked for oil export. They export mostly north through Turkey. South through Arab Iraq is an option. Neither option is good.

The word thugs applies best to the mercenaries from Qatar who are financed by NATO, Saudi Arabia, USA, Germany, and France.


Revelations of NSA spying on Europeans bode all manner of protest and litigation by European heads of state, EU, etc. Obama quelled them by offering to support their war to break the Russian natural gas monopoly.

Sow the wind. Reap the whirlwind. Assad has Russian missiles capable of hitting any European city.

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by: Alex from: Russia
June 19, 2013 12:15 AM
It's a good understanding of problem. But Assad hasn't missiles which can reach European border even. S-300 (if you mean this missile complex) is an element of air defense. And max missile range is 200 kilometers!

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