Profession: President of Syria
Why Famous: The dictator of Syria since taking over from his father, Hafez al-Assad, in 2000. A decade into his reign the Syrian Civil War began as an uprising to topple him from power. More than 350,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the war.
- 2014-01-06 Truce begins between Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Damascus
- 2014-05-29 President Obama approves US military training of 'moderate' Syrian rebels to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups
- 2014-07-16 Bashar al-Assad is sworn in for a third term as President of Syria