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Syrian opposition remains defiant as Assad claims public support

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Protesters march during an anti-regime demonstration in Kfar Nubul in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on July 8, 2012.

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Raghad Jihad Borghol, 10, recovers from surgery at home after she was wounded and lost a leg in the explosion of a shell dropped by an army helicopter in Kfar Nubul on July 8, 2012.

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A man holds the remains of a projectile shot by a tank near the town of Khan Sheikhun, which activists say is under heavy regime shelling, in Kfar Sajna on July 8, 2012.

Reuters reports — U.N. Syria peace envoy Kofi Annan was heading for Tehran on Monday following what he described as "positive" talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, his spokesman Ahmed Fawzi said. Iran remains one of Assad's main allies as his international isolation grows. 

In an interview with Germany's ARD network aired on Sunday, Assad accused the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar of backing "terrorists" trying to topple his government, and said he was still in power because he had the support of his people.

"If I don't have a support in the public, how could I stay in this position?" Assad asked. "United States is against me, the West is against me, many regional powers and countries and the people against me, so, how could I stay in this position? The answer is, I still have a public support. How much, what the percentage is - this is not the question, I don't have numbers now."

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A man lies on a bed as he recovers from wounds in his stomach and leg made by the deflagration of a shell tank in Kfar Sajna on July 8, 2012.

With another 30 Syrians killed Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that time is running out for President Bashar al-Assad. NBC's Martin Fletcher reports.