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Pope Francis has no comment yet on latest anti-Islamic State airstrikes

Pope Francis has no comment yet on latest anti-Islamic State airstrikes

HOLY SEE, Vatican City, Sept. 23 (UPI) --Pope Francis has not yet commented on the commencement of U.S.-led airstrikes inside Syria, targeting the Islamic State terror group.
JC Finley
Syria claims advance notification of U.S. airstrikes

Syria claims advance notification of U.S. airstrikes

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 23 (UPI) --Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement Tuesday claiming it had been given advance warning by the U.S. that the airstrikes would be launched.
JC Finley
Syria continues air attacks in Damascus suburbs

Syria continues air attacks in Damascus suburbs

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 18 (UPI) --Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel positions near the capital of Damascus, concentrating on the rebel-held city of Douma.
Ed Adamczyk
Geopolitical fumbles

Geopolitical fumbles

Gen. John R. Allen, Ret.: "It is about the region and potentially the world as we know it." U.S. bombing alone is a recipe for failure.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
By United Press International
Obama: We will 'degrade' and 'destroy' the Islamic State

Obama: We will 'degrade' and 'destroy' the Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) --In a speech from the White House Wednesday night, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for deal with the Islamic State
Heather Records
U.N. envoy to Syria expected to meet with Bashar al-Assad, push truce between regime and rebels

U.N. envoy to Syria expected to meet with Bashar al-Assad, push truce between regime and rebels

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) --The United Nations' newly appointed envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, arrived in Damascus Tuesday for consultations with Syrian officials.
JC Finley
U.S. concerned by 'discrepancies and omissions' in Syria's CW declaration

U.S. concerned by 'discrepancies and omissions' in Syria's CW declaration

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) --The U.S. and other U.N. Security Council members expressed concern about "discrepancies and omissions" regarding Syria's chemical weapons declaration.
JC Finley
Obama speaks on Iraq, Syria, the Islamic State threat, and Ukraine

Obama speaks on Iraq, Syria, the Islamic State threat, and Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama spoke Thursday about the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, acknowledging that with regard to the latter: "We don't have a strategy yet."
JC Finley
Islamic State claims mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers

Islamic State claims mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Islamic State militants claimed Thursday to have executed 250 Syrian soldiers at an airbase in Syria's northeastern Raqqa Province.
JC Finley
Rand Paul slams Hillary Clinton over Syria policy

Rand Paul slams Hillary Clinton over Syria policy

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Rand Paul said in a newspaper editorial Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's policy on Syria could have given power to the Islamic State.
Ed Adamczyk
Syria committing war crimes, U.N. says

Syria committing war crimes, U.N. says

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 27 (UPI) --Armies loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad targeted civilians in what a United Nations report, published Wednesday, called crimes against humanity.
Ed Adamczyk
Obama authorizes surveillance over Syria, as U.S. weighs military options

Obama authorizes surveillance over Syria, as U.S. weighs military options

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized aerial surveillance over Syria as he weighs possible airstrikes against Sunni extremists in the embattled country.
JC Finley
Foley execution may show two executioners, experts ID account used to post video

Foley execution may show two executioners, experts ID account used to post video

RAQQA, Syria, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Media reports have focused on "Jihadi John," a British-born rapper, as James Foley's executioner, but another jihadist may have carried out the deed.
Gabrielle Levy
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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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