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Killing Innocents: Assad's Actions Are Louder Than His Words

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has condoned mass murder, rape and torture, told a Czech publication he's against killing civilians.

By Elizabeth Hagedorn | January 14, 2015

When his army isn’t demolishing entire city blocks, or dropping barrel bombs over civilians areas… (Video via GlobalLeaks

Bashar al-Assad thinks it's wrong to kill innocent people. 

At least that’s what Syria’s dictator told a Czech publication in an interview published Wednesday. In it, he also condemned the Paris attacks. 

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As a reminder, this is who we’re talking about.

“We have high confidence that chemical weapons were used and that Assad used them,” President Obama said in September 2013.

“The ongoing slaughter being carried out at Assad's direction,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in 2012.

This is what Assad did to his own people, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said

It's estimated Syria’s civil war has killed at least 200,000 people since it began nearly four years ago. The conflict has pitted the Assad regime against different rebel groups, including ISIS. (Video via Hazzm Movement

The United Nations says both sides have committed human rights abuses. In December of 2013, the U.N. accused Assad himself of war crimes, which the country's deputy foreign minister has called "nonsense."

This video includes images from Getty Images and Freedom House / CC BY 2.0.

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