Assad says confident of winning Syria war
AFPDAMASCUS--President Bashar al-Assad said he is confident his troops will win the conflict ravaging Syria, as new calls were made on Monday for the International Criminal Court to launch a probe into war crimes.
February 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Assad's comments, published in Lebanon's pro-Damascus newspaper As-Safir, came as his forces were fighting pitched battles with rebels in a string of flashpoint towns and cities, and for control of strategic airports in northern Syria.
As-Safir said that Assad had met with unnamed Lebanese politicians in Damascus during which he assured them that Syria's future belonged to his camp.
“We are sure we will win, we are reassured by the political and military developments,” Assad was quoted as telling the visiting politicians, the Lebanese newspaper said.
“That does not mean that everything is settled, we still have a lot to do politically and in the battle against extremist terrorist groups.”
Assad frequently receives Lebanese supporters of his regime, the latest being Talal Arslan, a Lebanese Druze leader, who was in Damascus on Sunday.
“We are convinced that the future is ours ... Syria has the willpower to defeat the conspiracy,” said Assad, according to As-Safir.
He said those “loyal” to his regime “represent the absolute majority of Syrians.”