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Syria’s Leader Assad Nods to Critics

By NOUR MALAS Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wavered between concession and defiance in his first public address in over two months, saying for the first time that some protesters had legitimate demands, but repeating his justification for a military crackdown. The Syrian president continued to blame recent unrest on what he said were armed groups seeking to destroy Syria, and on a foreign plot. “We have to isolate the saboteurs,” he said. View Full Image Associated Press Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad gave a speech at Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. Mr. Assad said his government would continue to review the possibility of reforms to Syria’s constitution—which gives his…