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Assad points to defeat of political Islam in Egypt

Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is fighting against a rebellion in his own country, says that the events in Egypt show the defeat of political Islam, Reuters reports.

“Whoever brings religion to use in politics or in favor of one group at the expense of another will fall anywhere in the world,” Assad reportedly told the Thawra newspaper that is published by the Syrian ruling Ba’ath party. Assad comes from the Alawite sect of Shi’ite Islam that is traditionally opposed to Sunni Islam that is embraced by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Last month Morsi announced that he was cutting all ties with Syria and intended to provide financial aide to the rebels fighting Assad.

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