07 Dec '11, 3am

Syria's Assad \\"not responsible for deaths\\"

Syria's Assad \\"not responsible for deaths\\"

WASHINGTON: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies he is responsible for the killing of thousands of protesters, telling a US reporter he was not in charge of the forces behind the crackdown, the network said Tuesday. In a rare interview, Assad spoke Monday to ABC News veteran journalist Barbara Walters in a bid to defend himself amid growing global condemnation of the nine-month-old crackdown which the UN says has killed 4,000 people. ABC News plans to air the interview on Wednesday but a reporter for the network, seeking US reaction at a State Department briefing, quoted Assad as saying: "I'm president. I don't own the country, so they're not my forces." "There's a difference between having a policy to crack down and between having some mistakes committed by some officials. There is a big difference," the reporter quoted Assad as saying. Reacting to the excerpt, State D...

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