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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
Snowden: We were the ones who accidentally cut off Syria's Internet

Snowden: We were the ones who accidentally cut off Syria's Internet

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA accidentally shut off the Internet in Syria in 2012 -- an event the media blamed on Assad.
Aileen Graef
Neutralization of Syrian chemical weapons surpasses 70 percent

Neutralization of Syrian chemical weapons surpasses 70 percent

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) --Department of Defense lauds progress on neutralizing Syria's chemical weapons.
Richard Tomkins
Peace, prosperity and stability through partnerships: A grand design for a 21st century strategic mindset

Peace, prosperity and stability through partnerships: A grand design for a 21st century strategic mindset

Harlan Ullman: Military force has often been the ultimate arbiter between war and peace, but that past paradigm has surely been challenged in the 21st century.
Harlan Ullman
ISIS allegedly takes over gas field, killing at least 100

ISIS allegedly takes over gas field, killing at least 100

PALMYRA, Syria, July 18 (UPI) --ISIS takes control over gas field in Syria, resulting in the deaths of at least 111 people.
Danielle Haynes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sworn in for third term amid bloody conflict

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sworn in for third term amid bloody conflict

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 16 (UPI) --Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday, marking his third term in office.
JC Finley
Senators divided over appropriate response to ISIS in Iraq

Senators divided over appropriate response to ISIS in Iraq

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) --Senators came away from a classified briefing on the Pentagon's plans to deal with the takeover of Iraq by terrorists without many answers on the way forward.
Gabrielle Levy
Car bomb explosion kills seven in Homs, Syria

Car bomb explosion kills seven in Homs, Syria

HOMS, Syria, June 12 (UPI) --A car bomb explosion killed at least seven people Thursday in the Wadi Dahab neighborhood of Homs, Syria.
Ed Adamczyk
Former U.N. envoy to Syria: Country destined to be a 'failed state'

Former U.N. envoy to Syria: Country destined to be a 'failed state'

ALEPPO, Syria, June 9 (UPI) --Former U.N. envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi tried for two years to bring peace to Syria before he stepped down in May, believing that Syria may be beyond hope.
Aileen Graef
Right Said Fred performs anti-Assad version of 'I'm Too Sexy'

Right Said Fred performs anti-Assad version of 'I'm Too Sexy'

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) --John Oliver decided it would be worth "mildly irritating" Bashar al-Assad by having Right Said Fred perform an anti-Assad version of their song "I'm Too Sexy."
Aileen Graef
Bashar al-Assad wins re-election by landslide despite complaints of illegitimacy

Bashar al-Assad wins re-election by landslide despite complaints of illegitimacy

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 4 (UPI) --Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won re-election amid criticism by western nations that the election was "a sham."
JC Finley
Amidst criticism of Syria's 'sham' presidential election, first lady Asma al-Assad stands by her man [PHOTOS]

Amidst criticism of Syria's 'sham' presidential election, first lady Asma al-Assad stands by her man [PHOTOS]

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 4 (UPI) --Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad joined her husband, President Bashar al-Assad, on Tuesday to cast their votes for the presidential election.
JC Finley
Western nations call Syrian presidential election a 'farce'

Western nations call Syrian presidential election a 'farce'

ALEPPO, Syria, June 3 (UPI) --Syrians took to the polls Tuesday to vote in the presidential election where the outcome is almost guaranteed in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Aileen Graef
Syrian presidential election on June 3 a 'sham' that wont' be recognized, says U.S.

Syrian presidential election on June 3 a 'sham' that wont' be recognized, says U.S.

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 2 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State has deemed the planned June 3 Syrian presidential election "a sham."
JC Finley
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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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