President Assad accuses U.S. of 'destabilizing' Syria

  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the United States of trying to destabilize Syria by providing political protection to "gangs" operating in the country.

    In an interview with German broadcaster ARD, Assad also claimed Saudi Arabia and Qatar were arming "terrorists" in Syria.

    When asked whether the U.S. was partially responsible for the deaths of civilians, Assad responded: "Yes, of course."

    Meanwhile, violence continued in Syria on Sunday with 11 people reported dead.

    Over 15,000 people are believed to have been killed since the start of the anti-government uprising more than a year ago.