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Syrian General: Israel's Failure in October War Inevitable If Not Helped by US.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Syrian Army general described the Tishreen (October) war between Damascus and Tel-Aviv as an honor for the Arabs, and said Israel would have been defeated in the war if it had not been helped by the US militarily and logistically.

"This war was a source of honor and glory for the Arabs," retired Major General Yahya Suleiman told FNA on Sunday, adding, "The war considerably undermined the security and stability of the Zionist enemy and made it ask for US help."

"If the US had not assisted Israel, the regime would have faced a great defeat in the war," he added.

The 1973 Arab-Israeli war, also known as the October War, began on Oct. 6, 1973 when Egypt and Syria took advantage of the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday to launch surprise attacks on territories occupied by Israel in previous conflicts.

The three-week war ended with a truce that ultimately led to the return of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and a 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

To commemorate the 39th anniversary of the October War, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the Martyr Monument in the capital Saturday.

Assad's appearance at the monument, located on the top of Qasioun Mountain in Damascus, comes as his country is gripped by an 18-month-old unrest.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

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Date:Oct 7, 2012
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