I am just back from a visit to Iran with Evangelical church leaders from the Middle East. Revd Adib Awad is General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon.
He was raised as a child with Bashar Al-Assad and knows him well. Adib insists Qatar and Saudi Arabia along with the US are funding mercenaries from Libya and Iraq to attack civilians in Syria and that the army are not responsible.
He is convinced the President enjoys the support of at least 75% of Syrians. He insists that not a single Syrian diplomat around the world has defected to the opposition. He is confident that the Kofi Annan report will exonerate the Syrian government and that the external forces seeking to destabilise Syria will not succeed.