Facing the worst protests in Syria in decades, President Bashar al-Assad gave a speech Wednesday calling the unrest a test for his nation, but he didn't include any talk of reform.  

FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy reports from Jerusalem:

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Assad blamed outside conspirators for the unrest in Syria.

FOX's Jonathan Hunt has more:

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Meanwhile, the U.S. Government is keeping a close eye on the situation in Syria.

FOX's Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon:

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