Media playback is unsupported on your device

A look at Syria's President Assad's inner circle

30 August 2012 Last updated at 16:31 BST

It is increasingly rare for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to appear on television, so the interview he gave on Wednesday to a pro-government television channel based in Damascus is being closely scrutinised.

Mr Assad remained defiant, and dismissed a series of defections from his government as "weak elements".

The BBC's Emily Buchanan has been taking a look at what is left of the president's "inner circle".

Professor Rosemary Hollis, a Middle East expert, said they were probably all watching each other.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.