Alwaght- Syrian's have marked the country's independence from French colonial rule by vowing to continue the war on foreign-backed terrorists to preserve the country's sovereignty.
French troops were fully ejected from Syria 71 years ago marking an end to the French colonial mandate in the Arab state. Syrians mark this historical day on April 17th as a celebration of their independence, also known as the Evacuation Day. The evacuation was a result of 25-years struggle against the French occupation and other colonial schemes aimed at fragmenting the Arab Nation.
Today, the Syrian people are fighting the battle of destiny against the most aggressive war in which colonial powers and terrorist organizations are involved in order to maintain their country’s sovereignty and independence.
Wahhabi terrorists backed by colonial powers
In a statement to the Syrian News Agency, SANA, Head of Damascus branch of Veterans Guild Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Shamali said that “Today, Syria is so close to expel Wahabi terrorists sent by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey and backed by the same colonial powers and achieve victory under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad."
Amid this terrorist war, the Syrian people recognize well that victory over terrorism is the only choice to preserve the homeland’s sovereignty and the victory achieved by their ancestors’ sacrifices on 17 April 1946 to gain independence.
The National Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party issued a statement on this occasion in which it stressed that the Syrians are so close to achieve another victory over terrorism and foil the schemes of their supporters.
The statement noted that Syria marks the anniversary as the country enters its seventh year of fighting against a terrorist war led by the US and some regional and western states to undermine Syria’s national stances in support of the Resistance against the Zionist occupation.
It also condemned the US missile attack on al-Shairat airbase in Homs countryside as an attempt to weaken the morale of the Syrian army in its war on terrorism.
Syrians adhere to resistance
The BASP National Leadership stressed the Syrian people’s adherence to the Resistance, adding that they are convinced that dialogue, local reconciliation and counterterrorism are the only way out of the crisis.
It underlined the Syrian people’s willingness to continue the struggle until the liberation of all occupied Arab territories in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, paying tribute and saluting the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to defend the homeland and maintain its sovereignty and independence.
Golan Druze Back Assad
Meanwhile, hundreds of Druze on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched Monday for Syrian Independence Day, carrying portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and chanting anti-Israeli slogans.
"God save Syria!" and "Down with the occupation!" they shouted as they rallied in the town of Masada.
Israeli regime says there are about 20,000 Druze on the strategic plateau seized by the Tel Aviv regime from neighboring Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.
North Korea slams US aggression on Syria
Elsewhere, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un condemned the US missile strike against Syria in a message sent to Syrian President Bashar Assad on the occasion of Syrian Independence Day.
Kim described the strike as a "reckless act of invasion" and expressed "strong support and solidarity to the achievement of justice held by the Syrian government and people."
On April 7, the US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military al-Shairat airfield. US President Donald Trump said that the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria's Idlib province on April 4, which resulted in the death of over 80 people, an incident which Washington blames on the Syrian government.
The Syrian government has vehemently denied the government’s involvement in the Idlib incident, saying it had never nor would it ever use chemical weapons on either civilians or terrorists operating in the country.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on April 5 that the airstrike near Khan Shaykhun by the Syrian air force hit a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery to Iraq, and called on the UN Security Council to launch a proper probe into the incident.
An array of foreign-backed militant and terrorist groups have been committing unprecedented atrocities in Syria since 2011.
Hundreds of Thousands have died and millions been displaced as a result of the insurgency with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimating last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.
The Syrian government has repeatedly accused the US and some European countries including France and Britain of collaborating with some of their regional allies especially Saudi Arabia in arming and funding different terrorist groups in the country.
Over the past few months, Syrian government troops, backed by local and international allies have made sweeping gains against the terrorist groups.