Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Accuses West Of Backing Al Qaeda In Syria (VIDEO)

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Fatimah Mazhar
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused the West of supporting al-Qaeda militants in Syria's civil war.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused the West of supporting al-Qaeda militants in Syria's civil war.

In the video, a Syrian family watches on as President Bashar al-Assad gives a defiant televised interview.

He says, "As they supported al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the early stages and later paid a dear price for it; they are now supporting it in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price later -- in the heart of Europe and the United States."

Assad was speaking a week after Syria's rebel al-Nusra Front, one of the most effective rebel forces battling his troops, formally pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

The United States has designated the Nusra Front a terrorist organization and has sought to bolster rival rebel forces.

The conflict in Syria, now in its third year, started with mainly peaceful demonstrations but has descended into a bloody civil war. Assad adds, "We have no choice but victory. If we do not win, Syria will be finished and I don't think this is a choice that is acceptable to any citizen in Syria."

The United Nations says at least 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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