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January 1, 2015 11:17 am

Syria’s Assad Makes Rare Appearance to Dine With Frontline Soldiers on New Year’s Eve

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spent New Years eating with soldiers and thanking them for combating "in the face of terrorism." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Telegraph – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a district on the outskirts of Damascus and thanked soldiers fighting “in the face of terrorism”, his office said on its Twitter account on Wednesday, posting pictures of the rare trip.

The account said the visit took place in Jobar, northeast of Damascus, on the occasion of the New Year. The district came under heavy Syrian air force strikes on Wednesday according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the nearly four-year conflict.

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