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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
Syria's Assad says war is turning in his favor

Syria's Assad says war is turning in his favor

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 14 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said recent development indicate the government is winning the three-year civil war against rebels in his country.
Ed Adamczyk

OPCW: Syrian disarmament near half-way point

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 20 (UPI) -- Nearly half of the declared chemical weapons in Syria have been removed from the country, a U.N. monitoring mission said Thursday.
Expelling Syrian diplomats overdue, U.S. lawmakers say

Expelling Syrian diplomats overdue, U.S. lawmakers say

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- A decision from the U.S. State Department to expel Syrian diplomats from the country was long overdue, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said.
State Department orders immediate closure of Syrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

State Department orders immediate closure of Syrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

March 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State announced Tuesday that it has ordered Syria to close its embassy in Washington and its consulates in Michigan and Texas.
JC Finley
EU sanctions Syrian President Assad's sister

EU sanctions Syrian President Assad's sister

LUXEMBOURG, March 13 (UPI) -- The General Court of the European Union ruled Thursday the Syrian president's sister, Bushra al-Assad, will be sanctioned for her ties to top regime officials.
U.N. marks 3rd anniversary of Syrian conflict, calls for revitalization of peace talks

U.N. marks 3rd anniversary of Syrian conflict, calls for revitalization of peace talks

March 12 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized the third anniversary of the start of the Syrian conflict on Wednesday.
JC Finley
Putin still a contender for Nobel Peace Prize

Putin still a contender for Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway, March 6 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is still a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize despite the recent situation in Ukraine's Crimea region.
Aileen Graef
US slams Syrian regime for punitive actions against Geneva II opposition delegates

US slams Syrian regime for punitive actions against Geneva II opposition delegates

WASHINGTONFeb. 26 (UPI) -- The State Department condemned punitive actions taken by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime against Geneva II opposition delegates.
JC Finley
Al-Qaida attempts to rein in Syrian splinter group

Al-Qaida attempts to rein in Syrian splinter group

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliate operating in Syria and Lebanon, issued an ultimatum to a splinter group to cease its activities.
JC Finley
US and UN criticize Syrian regime for slow progress at peace talks

US and UN criticize Syrian regime for slow progress at peace talks

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The UN Geneva II mediator and the U.S. Secretary of State lamented the lack of progress at the conclusion of the second round of Syrian peace talks.
JC Finley
Syrian opposition presents post-war plan

Syrian opposition presents post-war plan

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The Syrian opposition presented their plans for a political transition into a post-war Syria to mediator Lakhdar Brahimi and the Syrian government delegation.
Aileen Graef
Syria misses another deadline for chemical weapons destruction

Syria misses another deadline for chemical weapons destruction

ALEPPO, Syria, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The Syrian government missed the critical target date of Feb. 5 to remove all of their chemical weapons from the country for destruction.
Aileen Graef
U.N. report says Syrian children subjected to horrific treatment

U.N. report says Syrian children subjected to horrific treatment

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Since the civil war in Syria began, children have been subjected to abuse, ranging from blocked access to school and aid to sexual violence, a U.N. report said.
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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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