Friday, November 24th | 6 Kislev 5778

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
May 7, 2015 11:38 am

‘Syria Will Win,’ Assad Declares to Audience of Thousands

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "‘Syria Will Win,’ Assad Declares to Audience of Thousands" to a friend

JNS.org – Defying rumors that he had been murdered by his bodyguards, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave a public address before an audience of thousands in Damascus on Wednesday, declaring that “Syria will win” the country’s civil war.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Damascus, Assad said, “The media outside of Syria is trying to undermine the morale of the good Syrian people. We are not waging a battle. We are waging war. I am sure that in the end, Syria will win its war with all of your help.”

Assad acknowledged, however, recent “setbacks” in the war against insurgents trying to topple him. That rare admission by the Syrian leader follows opposition advances in northern and southern Syria that have punctured the notion that Assad is on his way to defeating the four-year-old rebellion. Recent events have also undermined Assad’s claim of being a bulwark against the Islamic State terror group, which has eclipsed rebels over the past year.

Related coverage

November 24, 2017 1:30 pm
0

At Least 235 Killed, 109 Injured in Deadly Egypt Mosque Attack

At least 184 people were killed and 125 injured when gunmen armed with explosives attacked a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s...

Yet wars have “ebb and flow, gains and losses and ups and downs,” Assad said.

“Everything fluctuates except one thing, which is faith in the soldier and his belief in ultimate victory. So when setbacks occur, it is our duty as a society to boost the morale of the soldier and not wait for him to raise ours,” he said.

Government troops withdrew from the northern Syrian city of Idlib after it fell to opposition fighters in late March, followed by withdrawals from the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughour and the Qarmeed military base last week. Assad’s troops are now under fire at a few remaining outposts, including the national hospital in Jisr al-Shughour.

In January 2015, the United Nations estimated that 220,000 people had died in the Syrian civil war.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com