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Bashar Al-Assad
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World Leader
    (September 11, 1965- )
    Third of five children
    Son of Hafez Al-Assad, commander of the Syrian Air Force and Bashar's predecessor as dictator of Syria
    Studied ophthalmology in London in the 1980s
    Returned to Syria upon his brother's death and became a military commander (1994)
    Became head of state following his father's death (2000)
    Official title is 'President of the Syrian Arab Republic'
    The minimum age for the Syrian presidency was changed from 40 to 34 so that Al-Assad could become president.
    He was not interested succeeding his father and only became president because his brother Basil was killed in a car crash.
    He looks like Hitler.
    Syria remains a one-party dictatorship under his rule.
    He may have aided Iraq in the Second Persian Gulf War.
    He is an inexperienced leader.
    Like Saddam Hussein, he subscribes to the ideologies of the Ba'ath Party.
    He is accused of giving safe haven to terrorist fighting the coalition.
    Western sources claimed his regime used chemical weapons (gas) against rebels during the Syrian uprising (August 2013).
    When several Syrian citizens wrote him letters asking for reforms, he allowed the letters to be published and did not conduct reprisals on the authors.
    His friends describe him as being meek and awkward but friendly and a good listener.
    He was involved in bringing computers, cell phones and the internet to Syria.
    He referred to Saddam Hussein as a 'beast' during a visit to Kuwait.
    He is a qualified eye doctor.
    Generally, he is regarded as being more moderate than his father.

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