Bashar al-Assad

President of Syria Bashar al-Assad Full Name: Bashar al-Assad
Nationality:

Syrian

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.

Born: September 11, 1965 (52 years old)
Star Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Historical Events in the Life of Bashar al-Assad

  • 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

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