Syria ‘expects’ US attack
(Updated at 1520 PST)
ROME: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published on Monday that the United States was putting pressure on Damascus in the same way that it did on Baghdad before invading Iraq in 2003.
Assad told the newspaper that Syria wanted stability in the region, and insisted it had no hand in the recent murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri or in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Friday.
"Washington has imposed sanctions on us and isolated us in the past, but each time the circle hasn't closed around us," Assad added.