Syrian President Assad Blames West for Refugee Crisis

As Europe faces border chaos with thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing Syria rush to the borders, Syria's President Bashar Assad said the West is "responsible" for the crisis.

"The West now is crying for the refugees with one eye and aiming at them with a machine gun with the second one," Assad said, repeating his accusation that the West supports Islamist militants against the regime in Syria's bloody, four year old civil war.

Over 428,000 Syrians applied for asylum in Europe between April 2011 and August 2015, the UNHCR said.

A former American ambassador to Syria maintains that regime brutality is the root cause of the refugee crisis, not Western policy. The U.S. is conducting airstrikes in Syria in an effort to defeat ISIS. 

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