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Syria's Assad says regime is not in danger
Syria's Assad says regime is not in danger, repeats pledges of reform
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) ' Syria's president says his security forces are making gains against a 5-month-old uprising and says his government is in no danger of falling.

President Bashar Assad appeared Sunday in an interview on state-run TV. It was his fourth public appearance since the revolt against his family's 40-year rule erupted in mid-March.

He repeated plans to introduce reforms to Syria, one of the most authoritarian states in the Middle East. He said a committee to study reforms would need at lest six months to work.

He said the situation in Syria "may seem dangerous ... but in fact we are able to deal with it."

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