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Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech Tuesday at Damascus University, Syria. Assad said he will not step down, insisting he still has his people’s support despite a 10-month-old uprising against him.

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Syrian president vows to crush ‘conspiracy’

By turns defiant and threatening, President Bashar Assad vowed Tuesday to use an “iron hand” to crush what he called the terrorists and saboteurs behind Syria’s 10-month-old uprising in which thousands of people have been killed.

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