Two days later, Syrian Defense Minister (later, President) Hafez Assad announced that "I... believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation."
Six days 40 years ago →
"We don't want someone to come to Syria and tell us what to do in a political process," he told a cheering crowd. "A country that is thousands of years old knows how to manage its affairs."
Damascus opera suffers under mortar strikes →