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Assad Cousin Sparks Backlash With Washington Speech

Pro-tip: Don't try to book a room in Congress for a talk with a dictator's relative.

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A Washington think tank canceled a congressional forum featuring the first cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday after protests from the Syrian opposition. When Assad’s cousin eventually did speak in another location, he defended his family’s regime and called for the U.S. to work with the Syrian government.

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