Other notable people: Hafez al-Assad Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: ) (October 6, 1930 â June 10, 2000) was the president of Syria from 1971 to 2000. ... President Bashar al-Assad Bashar al-Assad (Arabic: â) (born September 11, 1965) is the current President of Syria (The Syrian Arab Republic), Regional Secretary of the Baath Party and the son of former President Hafez al-Assad. ...
In Arabic, Asad literally means lion. Over time, there have been many rumors in Syria that said that Hafez changed his surname like Stalin did. Basil al-Assad (1959-1994)(Ø¨Ø§Ø³Ù Ø§ÙØ§Ø³Ø¯) was the son of the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. ... Image:Rifaat al-Assad. ... Jamil al-Assad (born 1933 in Qardaha) is a brother of former Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, and the uncle of present Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. ... The Arabic language (Arabic: â transliterated: ), or simply Arabic (Arabic: â transliterated: ), is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ... Asad is a Arabic name. ... Binomial name Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758) The Lion (Panthera leo), often referred to as King of the Beasts, is a mammal of the family Felidae. ... Iosif (usually anglicized as Joseph) Vissarionovich Stalin (Russian: Иосиф Виссарионович Сталин), original name Ioseb Jughashvili (Georgian: იოსებ ჯუღაშვილი; see Other names section) (December 21, 1879 – March 5, 1953) was a Bolshevik revolutionary and leader of the Soviet Union. ...
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Assad speaks fluent English and French, having studied at the Franco-Arab al-Hurriyet elite school in Damascus (the Syrian capital), before going on to medical school there at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine.
Assad opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, despite a long standing animosity between the Syrian and Iraqi regimes, using Syria's position holding one of the rotating seats on the United Nations Security Council.
Assad has been criticised for Syria's de facto occupation of Lebanon (which ended in 2005) and the USA put Syria under sanctions partly because of this.
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