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Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President
Male
Born Sep 11, 1965
Age 48
Hometown Damascus
Net Worth $550 Million
Political Party Ba'ath Party (Syr...
Religion Alawi
Alma Mater جامعة الحرية
Other Names بشار الأس ; Bašār...

Bashar Hafez al-Assad ‎; born 11 September 1965) is the current President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party. His father Hafez al-Assad ruled Syria for 29 years until his death in 2000. Al-Assad graduated from the medical school of the University of Damascus in 1988, and started to work as a doctor in the army. Four years later, he attended postgraduate studies at the Western Eye Hospital, in London, specializing in ophthalmology.… Read More

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    Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma
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  • President Obama Proposes $500 Million To Aid Syrian Rebels
    Fox News - Jun 27, 2014
  • For Some In Syria, Election Marked By Bombs, Not Ballot Boxes
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CHILDHOOD

1965 Birth Born on September 11, 1965.
1970 4 Years Old His father, Hafez al-Assad, born to a poor family of Alawite background rose through the Party ranks to take control of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party in the 1970 Corrective Revolution, thus installing himself as president. … Read More

TEENAGE

1982 16 Years Old In 1982, he graduated from high school and went on to study medicine at Damascus University. … Read More

TWENTIES

Bashar, however, was recalled in 1994 to the Syrian Army, after Bassel's unexpected death in an automobile accident. … Read More

THIRTIES

1998 - 2000 2 More Events
2001 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Until he became president, Bashar al-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. Al-Assad was confirmed as president by an unopposed referendum in 2000. … Read More
2003 37 Years Old Assad opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq despite a long-standing animosity between the Syrian and Iraqi governments. … Read More
2005 39 Years Old 1 More Event
The February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the accusation of Syrian involvement and support for anti-Israeli groups, helped precipitate a crisis in relations with the United States. Assad was criticised for Syria's presence in Lebanon which ended in 2005, and the U.S. placed sanctions upon Syria partly because of this. At Pope John Paul II's funeral in 2005, Assad shook hands with the Israeli president Moshe Katsav. … Read More

FORTIES

2007 41 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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 There has also been pressure from the U.S. concerning claims that Syria is linked to terrorist networks, exacerbated by Syrian condemnation of the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah military leader, in Damascus in 2008. … Read More
On 18 May 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an Executive order putting into effect sanctions against Bashar al-Assad in an effort to pressure his government "to end its use of violence against its people and begin transitioning to a democratic system that protects the rights of the Syrian people." The sanctions effectively freeze any of the Syrian President's assets either in the United States proper or within U.S. jurisdiction. On 23 May 2011 EU Foreign ministers agreed at a meeting in Brussels to add President Assad and nine other officials to a list affected by travel bans and asset freezes.
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 (Shabeeha) and security agents, while 1,100 people had been killed by the anti-regime forces.
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