Syria says to 'defend itself' in case of military strikes
DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syrian vowed on Tuesday that it will fight off any Western military strikes with what it called "surprise" defences, while raising the spectre of Islamists benefitting from such intervention.
"We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal. The second choice is the best: we will defend ourselves," said Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.
He was speaking at a news conference as the United States and its allies edged closer to launching strikes against the Syrian regime amid accusations that it used chemical weapons against its own people.
Mr Muallem said the government of President Bashar al-Assad, which has been fighting an insurgency for the past 29 months, had defences that would "surprise" the world.