Defiant Assad pledges to continue fighting - Article Photos 9/15

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, speaks at the Opera House in central Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday outlined a new peace initiative that includes a national reconciliation conference and a new government and constitution but demanded regional and Western countries stop funding and arming rebels first. (AP Photo/SANA)