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Assad warns West of “earthquakes” if they intervene

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned Western nations of an “earthquake” and of “another Afghanistan” if they were to take action against the country.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Assad said,

"Syria is the hub now in this region. It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground you will cause an earthquake … Do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans?

"Any problem in Syria will burn the whole region. If the plan is to divide Syria, that is to divide the whole region."

Assad went on to say that he believed the West would “definitely” increase pressure on his regime, but while acknowledging “mistakes were made”, insisted that his army were only killing “terrorists”.

His comments come as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, condemned the ongoing violence in the country that had claimed the lives of “well over 3,000 people” so far.

The statement said,

"The secretary-general believes the calls of the Syrian people for change must be answered with far-reaching reforms, not repression and violence."

See our earlier posts:

‘Turkey houses anti-Assad fighters’ (Oct 2011)

‘“Bashar al-Assad, how do you feel today?”’ (Oct 2011)

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