In an interview with RT, a Russian cable channel, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted that his country is not in the midst of a civil war. "We do not have a civil war," Assad said. "It is about terrorism and the support coming from abroad to terrorists to destabilize Syria," the embattled despot told the Russian station, reprising his oft-repeated charge. The rare interview aired Friday and was conducted in Assad's presidential palace in Damascus. Some 20,000 to 30,000 people have been killed since the anti-Assad uprising began last year.
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