Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned the West that it risks another Afghanistan if it intervenes against his regime.
In his first interview with Western media since a seven-month uprising against his rule began, Assad told Britain’s Sunday Telegraph that Western intervention would cause “an earthquake” and destabilise the whole region.
The Arab League is set to hold talks with Syrian diplomats later on Sunday
Its members want to forge a dialogue between Assad and the opposition.
The Arab League has been critical of Assad’s crackdown on anti-government protesters.
Yesterday, it condemed the “continued killing of civilians.”
Activists say more than 50 civilians have been killed over the past two days.
Syria blames the violence on foreign-backed gunmen and religious extremists.
Most international media are barred from the country, making the claims by both sides hard to verify.