It is a mainly Alawite town and traditional home of the Assad family, that has ruled Syria since 1970. During the reign of Hafez al-Assad (in power 1970-2000) the government poured massive investments into Qaradaha, Lattakia and the surrounding region. Jump to: navigation, search 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Hafez al-Assad Hafez al-Assad (October 6, 1930 - June 10, 2000) was the President of Syria from 1971 to 2000. ...
Today, this is evident already before entering Qardaha, as the broad Syrian coastal highway makes an inexplicable pass into the mountains just to reach Qardaha. Qardaha itself is considerably richer than comparable Syrian villages, and luxurious villas dominate parts of the town. A major statue of Hafez al-Assad is found in the town center, and a huge mausoleum containing the graves of Basil al-Assad and Hafez al-Assad is also located there. Basil al-Assad (1959-1994)(Ø¨Ø§Ø³Ù Ø§ÙØ§Ø³Ø¯) was the son of the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. ... Hafez al-Assad Hafez al-Assad (October 6, 1930 - June 10, 2000) was the President of Syria from 1971 to 2000. ...
QARDAHA, Syria -- Here among the green hills where President Hafez Assad was born and spent much of his youth, somber preparations were under way Monday to welcome the late Syrian leader for the last time before he is laid to rest next to his eldest son.
Assad, who died Saturday at the age of 69, was to be flown from there to the coastal city of Latakia and carried on a gun carriage to Qardaha, about 125 miles northwest of Damascus, for prayers and burial in the family cemetery.
Today, Qardaha has modern homes and schools, as well as a large mosque Assad built and named for his mother, Na'isa.
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