Mideast Syria

December 23, 2012 - 11:32 PM
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Al-Zoubi said, the Syrian government’s line that it is fighting terrorist groups backed by foreign powers who seek to destroy Syria, he equated the rebels with al-Qaida and denied that they had taken over any territory and said the government was willing to engage in dialogue but said the other side wasn’t. (AP Photo/SANA)