Bashar Assad's wife pregnant — paper

Updated 29 January 2013
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Bashar Assad's wife pregnant — paper

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife, Asma, will have a new baby, according to a pro-regime Lebanese newspaper’s report.
Al-Akhbar claimed that it obtained such information after an interview with the Syrian embattled president, reported Al Arabia News.
The report of Asma’s pregnancy corroborates rumors by an Amman-based news website, Al-Bawaba, that she conceived in June.
The president’s wife, who was born in London, is a 37-year-old former investment banker. She has not been seen publicly for months and rumors have repeatedly surfaced that she has left Syria for personal safety reasons.
Both President Assad’s mother and sister have left the country and said to be residing in the UAE. While Assad’s sister, Bushra, left the country to the UAE in September last year, a US official confirmed on Jan. 24, 2012, that the president’s mother, Anisa Makhlouf, and other members of the regime’s inner circle fled to the Gulf country.


Assad regime ‘using Daesh to justify atrocities’

Updated 20 April 2018
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Assad regime ‘using Daesh to justify atrocities’

  • Syrian government claims Daesh fighters killed at least 25 regime troops in a surprise attack near the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen
  • Opposition leader says the regime forces’ fight against Daesh as a sham and said the terror group was a gun for hire

JEDDAH: Bashar Assad’s forces are using the threat of Daesh to justify brutal acts against civilians, Syrian opposition spokesman Yahya Al-Aridi said.

His remarks on Thursday came as Daesh fighters killed at least 25 regime troops in a surprise attack near the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, surrendered by the terror group six months ago.

At least 13 insurgents were killed in the raid, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Daesh was continuing its advance on the town from the Badia desert, observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The attack was the largest since the terror group was expelled from the town in October 2017, he added.

However, the opposition spokesman described the regime forces’ fight against Daesh as a sham and said the terror group was a gun for hire.

“As for those so-called 25 regime soldiers, the regime is abducting people, training them on how to pull the trigger and sending them to die.

“They are being used to send a message that the regime is still fighting terrorism,” Al-Aridi told Arab News.

He claimed that Mayadeen “still holds people who could be classified as Daesh, and the regime exploits that any time it wants.”

Regime airstrikes and artillery fire also pounded Daesh-occupied areas in the south of Damascus on Thursday. Warplanes targeted “the dens of terrorists from Al-Nusra Front and Daesh in Hajjar Al-Aswad,” a southern district of the capital, pro-Assad media said.

Iraq’s air force also carried out “deadly” airstrikes on Daesh positions inside Syria, Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s office said.

Meanwhile, the US warned that the Assad regime could still carry out limited chemical attacks despite last week’s coalition strikes. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, said the regime retained a “residual” chemical capability at sites across the country.

Separately, the regime took control of Dumayr, a town northeast of Damascus, after rebels evacuated to north Syria.