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Reports of Troop Movements Near Syria's Borders

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"The second will cut north through Jordan to enter southeastern Syrian, where a security zone will be established around the towns of Deraa, Deir al-Zour and Abu Kemal -- all centers of the anti-Assad rebellion."

DF said Western forces reported Jordan "on war alert."

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and other regional states know Syria poses no threat. If confirmed, deploying Saudi troops to Syria's border escalates tensions. It may also reflect belligerent intent. 

On June 28, Assad was interviewed on Iran's IRIB channel 4. He blamed Turkey for inciting violence. He's hopeful military action won't follow.

Libya's model isn't "a solution to be copied because it took (the country) from one situation into a much worse one. We all now see how the Libyan people are paying the price," he said.

"The policies of the Turkish officials lead to the killing and bloodshed of the Syrian people," he added.

He said reports about Iranian and Hezbollah forces aiding Syria are false.

"This is a joke that we hear many times in order to show that a rift has been created within the army and that therefore there is not an army." 

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