Conflict & Justice

Bashar al-Assad on Charlie Rose

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The Charlie Rose interview with Bashar al-Assad provides new fodder for Syria-watchers and everyone who's following the drama of whether Congress will vote to authorize a military strike on Syria.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)

Marco Werman gets a reaction to the interview from someone who has met Assad a number of times.

Andrew Tabler, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute and the author of "In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria."

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