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Army engaged in 'heroic battle': Assad

2012-08-01 12:01

Damascus - The Syrian army is engaged in a "crucial and heroic battle", President Bashar Assad said on Wednesday in a speech published by official media agency SANA on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the army.

"The army is engaged in a crucial and heroic battle... on which the destiny of the nation and its people rests. The enemy is among us today, using agents to destabilise the country, the security of its citizens... and continues to exhaust our economic and scientific resources," he said.

"They [the enemy] wanted to deprive the people of their national decision... but they were astonished to see these proud people, who confronted their plans and defeated them," said Assad.

"You men of the country... you have demonstrated, in dealing with the war waged against our country by the terrorist gangs, that you possess an iron will and a keen awareness."

"Our military remains the backbone of the motherland," Assad said.

Damascus does not recognise the popular revolt that erupted in March 2011, describing opposition activists and rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) alike as "armed terrorist groups" financed by foreigner powers and sent to sow chaos.

Assad's speech comes as clashes escalate in a number of areas including Aleppo, where the FSA on Tuesday announced that it had captured three police stations in the heart of the country's commercial capital.

A Damascus security source said the offensive, which the army launched on Saturday to recapture rebel-held areas, looked likely to last for "several weeks".

Comments
  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-08-01 12:34

    Oy Bashar! Stop making up lies and go do something you do best ie. imprisonment, torture and murder. You would not have so many unhappy people in the country if you weren't such a militiristic prick and opened up the economy for the average man in the street to start and run a business. You and your politics are the problem. Open your eyes.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-01 18:27

      Shame keith, You are totally crazy....!!

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-01 17:52

    Anthony and his cronies commenting here and surfing must be gay the idiots

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-01 19:48

      Again, Keith is hateful, bigoted, barbaric and sociopathic.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-01 22:01

      It is fine keith, if all this crazy stuff of yours, makes you happy, than go for it !! It is difficult to imagine, it getting any more insane!!

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