Bassel al-Assad
Syrian politician
Bassel al-Assad
Bassel al-Assad was the eldest son of former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and the older brother of President Bashar al-Assad.
Biography
Bassel al-Assad's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Photo Albums
Popular photos of Bassel al-Assad
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for Bassel al-Assad
Show More Show Less
News
News abour Bassel al-Assad from around the web
Will Assad Survive? - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
His conservative and more assertive brother, Basil al-Assad, who was supposed to succeed his father, Hafez Al Assad, was assassinated before his father's death, leaving Bashar al-Assad heir to the Syrian presidency. Second, Syria's revolts happened to
Article Link:
Google News article
Syria's Assad Family Instills Legacy Of Fear - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
Mr. LANDIS: We're talking about Basil al-Assad who died in 1994 while he was driving, evidently, a hundred miles an hour in his Mercedes, to get to a flight in order to his girlfriend abroad. He lost control - was killed. Now, he was the guy brought up
Article Link:
Google News article
Gay Girl vermisst - Jungle World
Google News - over 5 years
Die junge Frau habe sich gegen ihre Entführer gewehrt, sie sei dann in ein rotes Auto gezerrt worden, auf dessen Fenster ein Sticker von Basil al-Assad, dem verstorbenen Bruder des syrischen Präsidenten Bashar al-Assad, deutlich zu sehen gewesen sei
Article Link:
Google News article
Making Sense of the Syrian Uprising - American Thinker
Google News - over 5 years
The 1994 death of Basil al-Assad, brother of current president Bashar and then-heir apparent to a dying Hafez, also posed a significant threat to the unity of the al-Assad clan. However, the regime was able to rely on key Sunni stalwarts such as Tlass
Article Link:
Google News article
The Battle for Syria - The Cutting Edge
Google News - almost 6 years
The 1994 death of Basil al Assad, brother of current president Bashar and then-heir apparent to a dying Hafez, also posed a significant threat to the unity of the al Assad clan. However, the regime was able to rely on key Sunni stalwarts such as Tlass
Article Link:
Google News article
Making Sense of the Syrian Crisis - Lebanon Wire (registration)
Google News - almost 6 years
The 1994 death of Basil al Assad, brother of current president Bashar and then-heir apparent to a dying Hafiz, also posed a significant threat to the unity of the al Assad clan. However, the regime was able to rely on key Sunni stalwarts such as Tlass
Article Link:
Google News article
Video-Sampling Syria: Global Politics From a Ground's-Eye View
NYTimes - almost 9 years
Julia Meltzer and David Thorne decamped for Damascus in March 2005 with a vague notion of assessing the toll exacted on ordinary Syrians by the Bush administration's treatment of their country as an ''axis of evil'' understudy. While the president had singled out Iraq, Iran and North Korea by name, the toppling of Saddam Hussein in April 2003 was
Article Link:
NYTimes article
Chtaura Journal; In a Foreign Town, Syrians (Shhh!) Bank and Buy
NYTimes - almost 16 years
Not so long ago, residents of this hamlet felt they had difficulty counting all their blessings on one hand. Lebanon's civil war, for starters, battered on for years, regularly making Beirut utterly unlivable. That meant all kinds of people flocked here to do things like elect a new president or (far more important for the locals) descend on the
Article Link:
NYTimes article
Peres Says Israel Is 'Fairly Close' To Breaking Impasse With P.L.O.
NYTimes - about 23 years
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said today that Israel was "fairly close" to breaking the stalemate that has kept it from carrying out its agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization on Palestinian self-rule for the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. But there was no such optimism about a quick breakthrough with Syria in peace talks, which
Article Link:
NYTimes article
ASSAD'S SON KILLED IN AN AUTO CRASH
NYTimes - about 23 years
The eldest son of President Hafez al-Assad of Syria, widely mentioned as a potential successor to his father, was killed early today in an automobile accident outside Damascus. The death of the son, Maj. Basil al-Assad, who was 33 and one of the most popular figures in his father's inner circle, comes as a sharp blow to the President at an
Article Link:
NYTimes article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bassel al-Assad
    THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 31
    On 21 January 1994, driving his Mercedes at high speed through fog to Damascus International Airport for a flight to Germany in the early hours of the morning, Bassel is said to have collided with a motorway roundabout without wearing a seatbelt, and he died instantly.
    More Details Hide Details It was reported that his cousin, Hafez Makhlouf, was with him and hospitalized with injuries after the accident. Bassel Assad's body was taken to Assad University hospital. After his death, shops, schools and public offices in Syria closed for three days, and luxury hotels suspended the sale of alcohol in respect. Bassel Assad was elevated by the state into "the martyr of the country, the martyr of the nation and the symbol for its youth." Numerous squares and streets were named after him. The new international swimming complex, various hospitals, sporting clubs and a military academy were also named after him. His statue is found in several Syrian cities, and even after his death he is often pictured at billboards with his father and brother. He is buried in Qardaha, his father's village of birth, in a large mausoleum, where Hafez al-Assad was laid to rest beside him in 2000.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 24
    He first emerged on the national scene in 1987, when he won several equestrian medals at a regional tournament.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a reputation for his interest in fast cars. It was said by officials in Damascus that Bassel Assad was uncorrupted and honest. His friends and teachers describe Bassel as charismatic and commanding. Assad is said to have spoken French fluently. He was being introduced to European and Arab leaders at that period, and he was a close friend of the children of King Hussein of Jordan. He had been also introduced to King Fahd and then Lebanese leaders of all sects.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Bassel Assad was born on 23 March 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He was trained as a mechanical engineer. However, he chose a military career. He was commissioned in the Special Forces and later switched to the Armoured crops after training in the Soviet Military Academies. He rapidly became a major and then commander of a brigade in the Republican Guard. From a young age, Bassel Assad was groomed to fill the role of President by his father, Hafez Assad. He organized a highly publicized anti-corruption campaign within the regime, and frequently appeared in full military uniform at official receptions, signaling the regime's commitment to the armed forces. He was also head of Syria's computer association. Since his last election victory in 1991, then President Hafez Assad was publicly referred to as 'Abu Basil' (Father of Bassel). The Baath Party press in Syria long ago eulogised Bassel Assad as 'the golden knight' due to his prowess in horsemanship.
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)