Syrian leader Bashar Assad marks Eid at Damascus mosque after year of victories

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Syrian leader Bashar Assad marks Eid at Damascus mosque after year of victories

The Syrian president’s forces have recaptured most rebel strongholds.


Syrian President Bashar Assad, second from left, prays on the first day of Eid al-Adha at al-Rawda mosque, in Damascus (Syrian Presidency/AP)
Syrian President Bashar Assad, second from left, prays on the first day of Eid al-Adha at al-Rawda mosque, in Damascus (Syrian Presidency/AP)

Syria’s President Bashar Assad has attended prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Damascus, the seat of his power.

State-run television showed Mr Assad saluting worshippers as he arrived at the al-Rawda mosque and various footage of him praying and talking to people following prayers.

It is the first Eid al-Adha since Syrian troops, backed by Russia, recaptured suburbs of Damascus earlier this year and areas in southern Syria previously held by rebels.

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Syrian president Bashar Assad, left, prays on the first day of Eid al-Adha (Syrian Presidency/AP)

In recent years, Mr Assad has often travelled outside Damascus to towns and villages recaptured from rebels or Islamic State fighters to attend holiday prayers there.

With crucial military support from allies Russia and Iran, Mr Assad’s troops have recaptured most rebel strongholds across the country.

The northern province of Idlib is the last major remaining opposition bastion.

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