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Assad Visits Idlib Province, Slams Turkey’s Erdogan for Looting Syria

Erdogan and Assad

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the ongoing theft of Syrian land, industry, oil and natural resources during his visit with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Idlib Province on Tuesday, SANA news agency reported:

“What Syria has gone through during these nine years can be likened to the chapters of a play prepared and directed and executed by one side, but in each chapter it would have a different main character or actor, and the main actor of the current stage is Erdogan, who was the most successful in being a pawn in the hands of his American master and in being a thief who steals wheat, petroleum, and factories, and now he is trying to steal land.

Assad visited areas previously under jihadist rebel control, and also met with SAA soldiers and commanders to discuss future military plans – including Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, ‘Tiger’ commander of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division.

For more on this story, including photos and video, Al Masdar News reports

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is greeted by several soldiers in the town of Al-Hobeit.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is greeted by several soldiers in the town of Al-Hobeit. (Image Source: Al Masdar News)

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was pictured on Tuesday greeting Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers inside the southern region of the Idlib province.

According to an army source, the Syrian President visited several areas that were previously controlled by the jihadist rebels, including Khan Sheikhoun and Al-Hobeit in southern Idlib.

The Syrian President was given a tour of the area before he met with the commander of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, in Al-Hobeit.

The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad meets with the commander of the 25th Special Mission Forces Major General Suheil Al-Hassan in the Idlib province town of Al-Hobeit.
The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad meets with the commander of the 25th Special Mission Forces Major General Suheil Al-Hassan in the Idlib province town of Al-Hobeit. (Al Masdar News)

Tuesday’s trip to the Idlib province marks the first time during this war that the Syrian President has visited the area, as it has been a war zone for much of the conflict.


A source from the army said the Syrian President’s visit to southern Idlib was a surprise to the soldiers there. He would provide them words of encouragement and thank them for their service during his brief speech to the soldiers.

Syrian President discusses military plans with the Syrian Arab Army’s commanders in southern Idlib.
Syrian President discusses military plans with the Syrian Arab Army’s commanders in southern Idlib. (Al Masdar News)

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad greets a soldier on a tank in the town of Al-Hobeit in southern Idlib.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad greets a soldier on a tank in the town of Al-Hobeit in southern Idlib. (Al Masdar News)

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