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A photo released by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows government troops carrying the coffins of two comrades killed in the ongoing fighting across Syria during their funeral at the Tishrin military hopsital in Damascus on 4 June 2012. (Photo: AFP PHOTO / SANA )

Government troops carrying the coffins of two comrades killed in fighting across Syria during their funeral at the Tishrin military hopsital in Damascus 4/6/2012

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Assad Speech: Lost in Translation

Mainstream media coverage of Assad’s Sunday speech has surpassed its usual level of distortion, bias and disinformation as exemplified by the following two excerpts from the news wires.

Associated Press: “In a speech delivered Sunday, his first since January, Assad appeared unmoved by scathing international criticism of his ferocious response to the 15-month-old revolt against his rule, which has killed up to 13,000 people, according to activist groups.”

“Syrian President Bashar Assad has defended his government’s crackdown on opponents, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient.”

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