Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) shakes hands with a military personnel during his visit to a military site at Darya area, on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of army day, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA on August 1, 2013. REUTERS-SANA-Handout via Reuters
Syria's Assad Says Army Will Win War, Makes First Public Trip Outside Damascus Since 2012 -- FOX News
Syria's President Bashar Assad praised his troops Thursday on the country's Army Day, saying he is confident that they will win the war against rebel forces, while he made his first known public trip outside the capital since last March.
Syrian state-run TV said Assad had visited Daraya to inspect his troops for Army Day. The last time he was outside his seat of power, Damascus, was in March 2012, according to the Associated Press.
The station did not provide details, but the presidency's Facebook page released a photo of Assad in a blue suit and tie chatting with two soldiers before what appears to be a damaged building.
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