Assad regime will fall despite chemical weapons: opposition leader

A portrait of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, burning during clashes between rebels and Syrian troops near Aleppo. (AFP)

The leader of an Islamist movement within the Syrian opposition called on Turkey and the international community on Sunday for support against Bashar Assad’s regime.

Imad Al-Deen Rashid, president of the Syrian National Movement is a well-known personality in the Syrian political milieu.

He told a conference the Syrian rebels are “capturing Syria’s strategic cities gradually. But the Assad regime has long-range missiles and chemical weapons. Assad’s forces used most of their long-range missiles on the Syrian people but still have too many weapons under their control.”

The event was organized by Mazlumder, or the Organization of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People, a Turkish Islamist Organization.

“Syrian people face to violation of human rights at that time. So that we gathered here to show Turkish people’s solidarity to the world and Syrian regime,” said the organization’s vice president, Cuneyt Sariyasar.

Syria’s crisis began in March 2011 with protests demanding Assad’s ouster. Following a harsh government crackdown, the uprising steadily grew more violent until it became a full-fledged civil war.

The U.N. says more than 70,000 people have been killed since.


Last Update: Sunday, 31 March 2013 KSA 20:11 - GMT 17:11