Defiant strongman Bashar Assad promised Wednesday he would surrender Syria’s chemical weapons but warned it would take at least a year to do so and cost one billion dollars. “I think it’s a very complicated operation, technically. And it needs a lot of money, about a billion,” he told Fox.
Asked why he had used force to repress a popular uprising and triggered a two-and-a-half year war that has claimed 110,000 lives, Assad insisted Syria was a victim of terrorism. “What we have is not civil war. What we have is war. It’s a new kind of war,” he said.