“Psychological defeat is the final defeat and we are not worried”: Assad

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President Bashar al-Assad addresses his supporters at a school in an undisclosed location during an event to commemorate Syria's Martyrs' Day May 6, 2015. Photo: SANA

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria –On Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that army forces will soon head to the rebel-held province of Idlib to back dozens of besieged soldiers. 

Rebel factions supported by the Nusra Front took over major parts of Idlib province nearly a month ago. The town of Jir al-Shughour in Idlib has also fallen to the hands of the rebels after a forced withdrawal of pro-Assad forces.

“And now, God willing, the army will arrive soon to aid these heroes who are besieged in the Jisr al-Shughour Hospital and continue the battle to defeat the terrorists,” Assad said during a visit to a school on the occasion of Syrian Martyrs’ Day. 

Emphasizing the high morale of his army after losing Idlib, Assad said: “Psychological defeat is the final defeat and we are not worried.” 

Regime forces have recently endured a series of setbacks on the battlefield and Islamist fighters have edged closer to Assad’s stronghold in the coastal areas near Latakia province.

 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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