Bushra al-Assad
Sister and Bashar al-Assad
Bushra al-Assad
Bushra al-Assad is the first child and only daughter of Hafez al-Assad, who was the president of Syria from 1971 to 2000. She is the sister of current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. She was married to Assef Shawqat, the deputy chief of staff of the Syrian Armed Forces and former head of the Syrian Military Intelligence, who was killed by rebels on 18 July, 2012.
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Syrian president’s sister in UAE
Ft.com Financial Times Blogs - over 4 years
It is unclear if Bushra al-Assad’s brother has approved her trip and sources told the Financial Times the trip is not a defection
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Syrian Opposition Looks at the Libya Model - The Weekly Standard (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
While teaching English at Damascus University, Shaaban befriended Bushra al-Assad, Bashar's sister, Bushra, whom she introduced to her eventual husband, Assef Shawkat, now a key regime security official who was sanctioned by the Bush administration in
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Der syrische Machtapparat – die Familie Assad - SF Tagesschau
Google News - over 5 years
Er ist verheiratet mit Bushra al-Assad, der einzigen Tochter von Hafez, und gilt als der vielleicht Skrupelloseste des Trios. Im militärischen Geheimdienst machte Schaukat Karriere, nun ist er stellvertretender Oberbefehlshaber der Streitkräfte
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Familienclan Assad Das syrische Triumvirat - FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Google News - over 5 years
Der dritte, vielleicht der skrupelloseste im Bunde ist Assif Schaukat, der Schwager, verheiratet mit Bushra al Assad, der einzigen Tochter von Hafez. Schaukat gilt als mitleidlos, er machte Karriere in den militärischen Geheimdiensten, und auch in der
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A Syrian Tale: Passion, Power, Assassination
NYTimes - over 11 years
It was a love story that captured the imagination of many Syrians: a man and a woman defied her father, eloped and lived happily ever after. But for many people it was not the romance that made the story compelling, it was how the tale spoke to power. The woman was Bushra al-Assad, the daughter of President Hafez al-Assad, and the man, Asef
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  • 2012
    Age 51
    She was married to Assef Shawqat, the deputy chief of staff of the Syrian Armed Forces and former head of the Syrian Military Intelligence, who was killed by rebels on 18 July 2012.
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    On 28 September 2012, it was reported and confirmed by Gulf states that Bushra al-Assad had fled Syria with her five children to seek refuge in the United Arab Emirates.
    More Details Hide Details Bushra is reported to have enjoyed a close relationship with her father Hafez al-Assad and reportedly took a large role in leadership during the last years of his life. During the late 70's, she even accompanied her father during foreign visits, leading to speculation that she was being considered for a leadership role and even possible succession. Despite this, by the 1980s, her younger brother Baseel took on that role instead and after 1994, her second oldest brother, Bashar. There has been widespread speculation that had it not been for her gender, she would have been groomed for the presidency. It is reported that she helped convince her father that jailing her uncle, Rifaat al-Assad, after his failed 1984 coup attempt would disgrace the family.
    As a result of the Syrian civil war, in March 2012 she was placed on a list of Syrian regime figures who were subject to European Union economic sanctions and travel bans.
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  • 2011
    Age 50
    Despite being considered within the inner ruling circle, when the Syrian Civil War broke out in March 2011, Bushra was not placed on the list of officials and relatives of the Assad and Makhlouf families sanctioned by the United States and the European Union, possibly under the hope that she or Asma could possibly stop the crisis.
    More Details Hide Details However, following the revelations of Asma Al-Assad's private emails exposing her expensive foreign shopping and mocking civilians killed in the conflict, Bushra, Asma, her mother Anisa, and Maher's wife Manal were placed on the European Union list of people whose financial assets were frozen and barred from entering the EU.
  • 2000
    Age 39
    Tensions between Bushra and her sister-in-law and Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad have been reported. Since Asma's marriage to the Syrian president in 2000, Asma has defied social conventions by frequently appearing in public and in the media.
    More Details Hide Details It is reported that Bushra has disapproved of Asma taking such a public role.
  • 1995
    Age 34
    Despite family opposition, Bushra married Shawkat in early 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 33
    Since the death of her brother Bassel al-Assad in 1994, Bushra has been credited with increasing influence.
    More Details Hide Details She is reported to have played a major role in guiding the development of Syria's pharmaceutical industry. Bushra is also reported to have worked for her husband to gain acceptance and recognition. In the late 1990s Shawkat assumed key security roles within Syria's military and intelligence apparatus.
  • 1982
    Age 21
    Bushra received her degree in pharmacy in 1982 from Damascus University.
    More Details Hide Details At university Bushra befriended Bouthaina Shaaban who is now member of the Syrian Cabinet. Some sources report that it was Shaaban who introduced Bushra to Shawkat, an army officer 10 years her senior and reportedly married with a reputation for womanizing.
  • 1960
    Born on October 24, 1960.
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