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Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-AssadBorn: 11-Sep-1965
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Gender: Male
Religion: Shia Muslim [1]
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State

Nationality: Syria
Executive summary: President of Syria

Military service: Syrian Army (1994)

Bashar al-Assad never expected to be a head of state. The second son of President Hafez al-Assad, Bashar was studying ophthalmology in London when his older brother and heir apparent Basil was killed in a car accident. Bashar was immediately enrolled in the Homs military academy, north of Damascus, and groomed for the highest office. He came into power in 2000 after the death of his father.

[1] Alawite, a sect of Shia Islam.

Father: Hafez al-Assad (President of Syria, d. 2000)
Mother: Anisa Makhlouf
Brother: Basil al-Assad (d. 1994 car crash)
Brother: Shabbih Maher
Sister: Bushra
Wife: Asma al-Assad (m. Dec-2000)
Son: Hafez (b. 3-Dec-2001)
Daughter: Zein (b. 5-Nov-2003)
Son: Karim (b. 16-Dec-2004)

    Medical School: (1988)
    Medical School: Ophthalmology, Tishrin Military Hospital, Damascus (1992)
    University: Homs Military Academy, Homs, Syria (1994)

    President of Syria 17-Jul-2000 to present
    Audience with the Pope 2001
    Traveled to the USSR 24-Jan-2005
    Syrian Ancestry

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