A look at President Assad's inner circle
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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.