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Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President
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Born Sep 11, 1965

Bashar Hafez al-Assad is the President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party. He has served as President since 2000, when he succeeded his father, Hafez al-Assad, who had ruled Syria for 30 years prior to his death. Al-Assad graduated from the medical school of the University of Damascus in 1988, and started to work as a physician in the army.… Read More

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  • Half Of Rebel Aleppo Falls To Syrian Forces
    Yahoo News - about 5 hours ago
  • Damascus Presses Offensive Against Aleppo Rebels
    Wall Street Journal - 2 days ago
  • Syrians' Suffering Fails To Strike A Chord In Europe
    Yahoo News - 4 days ago
  • Thousands Flee Aleppo, Syria, As Government Forces Advance
    NYTimes - 4 days ago

Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1965 Birth Born on September 11, 1965.

TWENTIES

1988 22 Years Old Born in Damascus, Assad graduated from the medical school of Damascus University in 1988, and started to work as a doctor in the army. … Read More
1994 28 Years Old In 1994, after his elder brother Bassel was killed in a car crash, Bashar was recalled to Syria to take over Bassel's role as heir apparent.

THIRTIES

1998 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He entered the military academy, taking charge of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon in 1998.
Assad argued that Syria's gradual withdrawal of troops from Lebanon, beginning in 2000, was precipitated as a result of the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and ended in May 2005. According to testimony submitted to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, when talking to Rafic Hariri at the Presidential Palace in Damascus in August 2004, Bashar Assad allegedly said to him, "I will break Lebanon over your Hariri's head and over Walid Jumblatt's head" if Émile Lahoud was not allowed to remain in office despite Hariri's objections; that incident was thought to be linked to Hariri's subsequent assassination.
In his foreign policy, Assad is an outspoken critic of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Until he became president, Assad was not greatly involved in politics; his only public role was head of the Syrian Computer Society, which introduced the Internet to Syria in 2001. … Read More

FORTIES

2007 41 Years Old On 27 May 2007, Bashar was approved as president for another seven-year term, with the official result of 97.6% of the votes in a referendum without another candidate.
2008 42 Years Old …  Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki threatened Assad with an international tribunal over the matter, and ultimately lead to the 2008 Abu Kamal raid, and United States airstrikes within Syria during the Iraq War. … Read More
First, limited, sanctions against the Assad government were imposed by the U.S. in April 2011, followed by Barack Obama's executive order as of 18 May 2011 targeting Bashar Assad specifically and six other senior officials.
By the end of January 2012, it was reported that over 5,000 civilians and protesters (including armed militants) had been killed by the Syrian army, militia (Shabiha) and security agents, while 1,100 people had been killed by the anti-regime forces.
2013 47 Years Old 1 More Event
On 6 January 2013, Assad, in his first major speech since June, said that the conflict in his country was due to "enemies" outside of Syria who would "go to Hell" and that they would "be taught a lesson". … Read More
…  He is currently in his third seven-year term of the presidency, having won the 2014 election. … Read More
Several members of the Assad family who were once considered untouchable died in Latakia under unclear circumstances, raising questions about the Assad family's influence in the pro-government bastion. On 14 March 2015, an influential cousin of Bashar Assad and founder of the shabiha, Mohammed Toufic Assad, was assassinated with five bullets to the head in a dispute over influence in Qardaha. … Read More

FIFTIES

In January 2016, Russian president Putin said that Russia was supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and was ready to back anti-Assad rebels as long as they were fighting ISIL. … Read More
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