Maher al-Assad

Guard + Politician + Second
Born Dec 8, 1967
Age 47
Hometown Syria
Religion Alawi
Nationality Syrian
Other Names Al Assad, Mahir

Maher al-Assad is the brother of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the commander of the Republican Guard and the army's elite Fourth Armored Division, which together with Syria's secret police form the core of the country's security forces. He is part of Bashar's inner circle and is thought by some to be the second most powerful man in Syria after President Bashar al-Assad.… Read More

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1967 Birth Maher al-Assad was born on 8 December 1967, the youngest child of Aniseh (née Makhlouf) and Hafez al-Assad. … Read More


1994 26 Years Old After Basil's death in 1994, Maher assumed command of a brigade in the Republican Guard and distinguished himself as a good commander. … Read More


2000 32 Years Old 1 More Event
After the death of his father in 2000, he was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel. … Read More
2005 37 Years Old Both Shawkat and Maher Al-Assad were mentioned in a leaked draft version of the Mehlis report as suspects in the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. … Read More


2008 40 Years Old In 2008, Maher was in charge of putting down a prison revolt in Saidnaya. … Read More
Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in mid-March 2011, Maher's troops have played a key role in violently suppressing protests in the southern city of Daraa, the coastal city of Banias, the central province of Homs and the northern province of Idlib. … Read More
Maher Assad's role became more significant since the assassination of Syrian defense minister, high-rank security officials and Assef Shawkat on 18 July 2012.
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