Analyst Sees Assad’s Visit to Daraya as "Show of Force"
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A prominent Iranian analyst underlined that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Monday visit to his troops in Daraya was a show of force and signified the country’s military might.
Syrian President Bashar Assad greeted his troops in a tense suburb of Damascus on Thursday to mark Army Day and pledge victory over rebels fighting to topple him.
Assad’s visit to Daraya is his first known public trip outside the Syrian capital, his seat of power, since he visited the battered Baba Amr district in the central city of Homs after troops seized it from rebels in March 2012.
It was also the latest sign of confidence by President Assad, whose troops have been on the offensive and scored significant gains against rebels in recent months.
As regards Assad's move, an middle-east analyst, Yousef Qaravi, said, "This city (Daraya) is near Damascus (Syrian capital) and Bashar Assad’s move was a symbolic move which shows the Syrian army’s might."
“With his visit to Daraya, Bashar Assad boosted the Syrian army's morale and it was, in fact,a show of force to terrorists," he reiterated.