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Assad blames 'outside forces' for Syrian unrest

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has blamed foreign interference for stirring up the ten month uprising against his rule.

He claimed the country’s fractured opposition movement was being backed by Western governments with the aim of forcing him from power.

“The existence of an external conspiracy is obvious to everyone,” the Syrian leader told an audience in Damascus on Tuesday.

“What has been plotted in the darkness is beginning to come out into the light. The deception and lies are becoming more clear — except to those who do not see or hear them.”