Syria’s President Assad praises army’s steadfastness August 2, 2015 War Reports 1173 Source: Press TV Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has praised the army for its steadfastness in the fight against terrorism and defending the homeland. President Assad made the remarks in an address to the Syrian Arab Army through Jaish al-Shaab (the Army of the People) magazine on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Syrian army on August 1, 1945. Assad said the army has set a shining example in sacrifice and loyalty to homeland. The Syrian president stated that the army has risen up to the challenges posed to country by terrorists and has shown unwavering resolve and willingness to protect the Syrian land and heritage. “Because you embodied an example in defending the homeland and preserving the integrity of its people, the Syrian people have stood side by side with you to repulse the aggressors and to express their pride in you,” President Assad said. He also remembered those who have lost their lives in the battle against terrorists, appreciating “every single drop of blood spilled to protect precious Syria.” Meanwhile, Syrian Defense Minister General Fahd Jassem al-Freij told the Syrian TV on the occasion that the army has protected Syria’s sovereignty and independence and played a prominent role in protecting the Syrian territory and the dignity of the nation.