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Syria's Assad: crackdown to continue
Syria's Assad says crackdown against 'militants' will continue
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) ' Syria's President Bashar Assad has vowed to continue with a security crackdown to crush 'militants' who he says are massacring Syrians on daily basis.

Assad said in an interview with Britain's Sunday Times newspaper published Sunday that Syria will not bow and will continue to resist the pressures being imposed on it.

The embattled president said he feels "pain and sorrow" for the bloodshed in Syria but added the solution was to eliminate the militants he blames for much of the violence.

He said 800 Syrian officers and members of the security forces have been killed since the start of the revolt eight months ago.

The U.N. says some 3,500 have been killed in the unrest and the crackdown in Syria since mid-March.

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