Syrian President Bashar Assad makes rare appearance, visits front lines in Damascus - CBS
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare visit to the front line of his country’s civil war, spending New Year’s Eve with his troops in a tense eastern Damascus neighborhood, state media said Thursday.
State TV footage showed Assad having dinner with soldiers and pro-government gunmen in the neighborhood of Jobar on Wednesday night. The neighborhood has witnessed intense fighting over the past months between troops and opposition fighters.
Assad was shown sharing a meal of baked beans, boiled potatoes and tomatoes with soldiers and pro-government gunmen known as National Defense Forces.
“On New Year’s Eve families gather but you decided to be here to protect your country,” Assad told the troops as sporadic shooting could be heard. “I like to be with you on this occasion.”
I thought that the battling was largely outside of Damascus, here it is right in the capital where St. Paul went.