In this huge photo, Ba’ath Party Pan-Arab Command Assistant Secretary General, ‘Abdullah Al-Ahmar, (Dr. Assad is S.G), votes in Syria’s first direct presidential elections.
‘Abdullah Al-Ahmar spoke to reporters after voting and said: “This is a splendid day for the homeland and the community, for Syrians voted for whom would represent them and whom embodied their aspirations inside the unity of their country so that Syria would be, as it always has been, the starting point of the Arab nation for liberation, progress and the building of a content society for all its sons and daughters.”
Dr. Najaah Al-‘Attaar, Syria’s female Vice President, also voted in the election and praised the new political process.
Waadi Al-Sukkari: Near Palmyra. The SAA surrounded a group originating in Iraq and killed 4. 1 was taken prisoner. They belonged to Jund Al-Shaam and were tasked with retrieving a cache of weapons and ammunition. No other details about their operation:
- Misbaah Albuhassan
- Raateb Sa’daawi
The other 2 were foreigners, presumably Iraqis.
Fighting reported in these areas:
Tal Al-Salaasil, Dayr Fool – Talbeesa, Lower Khirbat, Umm Sahreej, West Salaam, Al-Barghoothiyya, Umm Sharshooh, Keeseen, ‘Aqrab, Tal ‘Umri, Waadi Al-Meer, Taldu (weapons and ammunition siezed), Tal Qutri.
Jabbooreen in the East rural area: More encounters with terrorists mostly interested in plunder. I have no details about this firefight, but it involved police and militia against smugglers.