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State Department -- reaction now to a rare televised address by Syria's president Bashar -- US officials dismissing it as a meaningless attempt to clean the power.
Legal -- that are watching all this from our Middle East bureau what did president Asad.
Say for the first time in several weeks we've.
Bills until the president said the same old thing we've been hearing for a long time I'm gonna stay in power we are -- our war it's time for Syrians to fight for their country also proposed.
A peace plan of sorts which everyone else laughed out largely because they said -- -- involved president's -- staying in power which the rebels really don't want the US.
And members the EU said it showed the Sox have lost touch with reality -- you -- look at the optics of this speech this is president aside.
Very much in control he has a lot of supporters there in the Damascus opera house there in the capital which he was speaking a lot of applause there was speaking.
Live on state television so his detractors will say what they will other countries will say what they will.
But many people predicted president decides demise over the past eighteen or -- -- think that these days are numbered.
But still this is the president right now very much in control of its capital and much of his country bill does that speech change anything on the ground -- Not really the violence continue the winning the president aside did talk about it.
Army -- continue to fight and that's exactly what they're doing if anything the rebels momentum as of late has slowed or perhaps.
Stop the one thing that we -- president as I do is give up.
A lot of indefensible area -- he didn't really care much about especially that in the north -- the rebels have not been able to make major inroads there.
Damascus towns like like here cartoonist with the the really strategically important town there.
For president aside and now looks like the army navy regrouping -- try to regain some of the areas.
That they have -- we might see bill is something a little bit like what happened in the very beginning.
Of -- and it says the rebels carve out some relative safe area and then all of a sudden the army goes in and tries to systematically -- Those areas not something the watch again Leland that -- thank you very usually hear this on speak and he has now thank you out of Jerusalem.
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