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Syria's air defense minister killed in fighting

Syria's air defense minister killed in fighting

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 19 (UPI) --Gen. Hussein Ishaq, head of Syria's air defense, was killed in fighting near Damascus.
Ed Adamczyk
'Friends of Syria' group reaffirms commitment to Syrian opposition

'Friends of Syria' group reaffirms commitment to Syrian opposition

LONDON, May 15 (UPI) --Foreign ministers from the "London 11," or Friends of the Syrian People, met Thursday in London to discuss their support for the Syrian opposition.
JC Finley
Syrian opposition blames Assad regime for failing peace process, expresses gratitude for Brahimi's attempts

Syrian opposition blames Assad regime for failing peace process, expresses gratitude for Brahimi's attempts

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 14 (UPI) --The Syrian Opposition Coalition expressed appreciation for Syria peace talks mediator Lakhdar Brahimi following his announced resignation.
JC Finley
Syrian opposition president calls meeting with President Obama 'encouraging and productive'

Syrian opposition president calls meeting with President Obama 'encouraging and productive'

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) --Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmad Jarba met Tuesday with U.S. President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House.
JC Finley
Iranian officials say Assad has won in Syria

Iranian officials say Assad has won in Syria

TEHRAN, May 12 (UPI) --Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria, and the campaign by rebels has failed, senior Iranian foreign policy officials say.
Ed Adamczyk
Secretary Kerry meets with Syrian opposition president

Secretary Kerry meets with Syrian opposition president

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry met Thursday with Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmad Jarba to discuss U.S. initiatives to empower the Syrian opposition.
JC Finley

Syrian opposition seeking lethal aid from U.S.

Syrian opposition seeking lethal aid from U.S.

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- A Syrian Opposition Coalition delegation is in Washington to meet with U.S. officials, where they will seek lethal aid, an opposition representative told UPI.
JC Finley
Two men crucified in Syria

Two men crucified in Syria

RAQQA, Syria, May 2 (UPI) -- Photographs of two crucified men in Syria were released by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Aileen Graef
Poll: Americans want less involvement abroad

Poll: Americans want less involvement abroad

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Americans are disappointed with country's direction and foreign policy and want to keep out of other countries' affairs, according to a new poll.
Aileen Graef
Nearly 60 people killed in Syria Tuesday

Nearly 60 people killed in Syria Tuesday

HOMS, Syria, April 29 (UPI) -- Nearly 60 people were killed in Syria Tuesday from a car bomb attack in Homs and a mortar attack in Damascas.
Aileen Graef
Syrian President Assad to run for third term

Syrian President Assad to run for third term

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 28 (UPI) -- President Bashar Al-Assad will seek a third term as president of Syria in the June 3 election, the speaker of the Syrian Parliament announced Monday.
Ed Adamczyk
Syria announces presidential elections set for June 3

Syria announces presidential elections set for June 3

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 21 (UPI) -- The Syrian government announced Monday that presidential elections will be held June 3.
JC Finley
New footage shows Syrian opposition using U.S. made weapons

New footage shows Syrian opposition using U.S. made weapons

ALEPPO, Syria, April 16 (UPI) -- A video taken by one of the opposition groups in Syria shows rebels using U.S. manufactured rockets in their fight against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Aileen Graef
Syrian opposition urges U.S. action after Aleppo 'genocide'

Syrian opposition urges U.S. action after Aleppo 'genocide'

ALEPPO, Syria, April 15 (UPI) -- The head of the Syrian National Coalition has asked the U.S. and other nations to take action to stop the "genocide" after bombings in Aleppo.
Aileen Graef
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad waves to supporters in the street after addressing parliament on March 30, 2011 in Damascus, Syria. Al-Assad ordered a committee to conduct an investigation into the deaths of protesters and also to study the lifting of emergency laws. UPI
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Bashar al-Assad (Arabic: بشار حافظ الأسد‎, Baššār al-ʾAsad; born 11 September 1965) is the President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Ba'ath Party. His father Hafez al-Assad ruled Syria for 29 years until his death. Al-Assad was elected in 2000 and 2007, but was unopposed each time.

Bashar al-Assad was born in Damascus on 11 September 1965, the son of Aniseh (née Makhluf) and Hafez al-Assad. Initially Bashar had few political aspirations. His father had been grooming Bashar's older brother, Basil al-Assad, as a future president. Bashar studied ophthalmology at Damascus University 1988 and arrived in London in 1992 to continue his studies. He was recalled in 1994 to join the Syrian army after Basil's death in an automobile accident. Bashar entered the military academy at Homs, north of Damascus, following the death of Basil, and was propelled through the ranks to become a colonel in January 1999. The accident made Bashar his father's new heir-apparent.

When the elder Assad died in 2000, Bashar was appointed leader of the Baath-Party and the Army and was elected president unopposed with what the regime claimed to be a massive popular support (97.2% of the votes), after the Majlis Al Sha'ab (Parliament) swiftly voted to lower the minimum age for candidates from 40 to 34 (Assad's age when he was elected). On 27 May 2007 Bashar was approved as president for another seven-year term, with the official result of 97.6% of the votes in a referendum without another candidate.

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