Join the most important conference in the Jewish world
Assad sends 1st message since top advisers killed
August 1, 2012 11:54
Syrian President says army's battle with "criminal terrorist gangs" would determine fate of country.
Pictures of Assad hang from garbage bins in Aleppo

Pictures of Assad hang from garbage containers in Aleppo 370. (photo credit:REUTERS)

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday released his first public statement since four of his top security officials were assassinated two weeks ago, marking armed forces day.

In the press release, Assad said that the Syrian army's battle with rebel forces would determine the fate of his country, and praised soldiers for confronting what he said were "criminal terrorist gangs."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

"The fate of our people and our nation, past, present and future, depends on this battle," Assad, who has not spoken in public since four of his top security officials were assassinated two weeks ago, said in the written statement.

Assad is trying to crush a 17-month uprising against his rule. Rebels took their fight last month to the capital Damascus, seized several border posts and are now fighting Assad's forces in Syria's biggest city, Aleppo.

Assad said the army had proved "through confronting the terrorist criminal gangs throughout the past period that you have steely resolve and conscience, and that you are the trustees of the people's values."

"My trust in you is great, and the trust of our people in you that you are ... the defender of its just causes," Assad said in comments which the state news agency SANA said were published in Syria's armed forces magazine.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

  • Syria
  • damascus
  • Prev Article
    White House: 'Scratching heads' on Romney Jerusalem remarks
    US presidential candidate Romney meets PA's Fayyad
    Thai Foreign Minister Tovichakchaikul, Ban-ki Moon
    'Thailand, PA establish full diplomatic relations'
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Family members of soccer fans who died during the Port Said soccer stadium violence in 2012 react ou
    February 20, 2017
    Egypt's top court upholds 10 death sentences over football violence


    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 5 - 18
      Beer Sheva
      10 - 18
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 5 - 15
      8 - 17
    • 9 - 23
      7 - 21