Pass the popcorn: Syrian army ready to fight on 'for years'
A report from Lebanon's Naharnet says that Bashar al-Assad's army is ready to fight on against rebels seeking to end his rule 'for years
"The army is in perfect condition, its soldiers and
officers have been fighting for two years with a courage and bravery
unparalleled in world history, in the fiercest of battles," said
Al-Watan newspaper, as the conflict prepared to enter its third year.
"The Syrian army has at its disposal enough men and
weapons to fight for years to defend Syria," the newspaper said, adding
however that Syrians could join "each according to his capacity."
Al-Watan also pointed to a call by the High Islamic
Council in Syria, the country's top religious authority, which stressed
that "the defense of a united Syria and the Syrian people is an
obligation which all (citizens)... must fulfill."
The pro-regime council aimed to "encourage people to get
involved in defending the land and honor, because Syria is facing a
real invasion by... Turkey from the north, Lebanon from the west and
Jordan from the south," said Al-Watan.
The Assad regime has consistently blamed foreign powers for the violence in Syria.
The opposition Syrian National Council dismissed the council's appeal as a "call for help from the Syrian regime."
But Al-Watan insisted that everyone in Syria must be aware that the country is "in a state of war."
"The army is fulfilling its duties and citizens must now
defend their districts, each according to their capacity, as they have
done in Aleppo, Hama and Homs, where residents have taken up arms and
created national defense committee," earlier this year, it added.
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