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 (ä-säd′), Hafez al- 1930-2000.
Syrian political leader who seized control of the government in 1970 and served as president (1971-2000). On his death he was succeeded by his son Bashar (born 1965).
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(Biography) Hafiz al (ˈhafɪz æl). 1928–2000, Syrian statesman and general; president of Syria (1971–2000)
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1. Bashar al, born 1965, president of Syria since 2000.
2. Hafez al, 1930–2000, Syrian military and political leader: president 1971–2000.
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He never expressed such outrage for the thousands killed in hospitals and bread lines by Assads barrel bombs and Russian warplanes.
The offensive gained more intensity Christmas Day, when one of President Bashar Assads most trusted and experienced officers took command of the operation to extend the governments presence toward Idlib and boost security for the road that links the capital, Damascus, with Aleppo, Syrias largest city.
On May 21, 2016, this newspaper reported anti-IS graffiti in Shia neighborhoods of the city amid reports of several youths having joined the Assads battle against the Middle Eastern terrorist group, IS, in Syria.
We have lived with the Assads since Richard Nixon went to Damascus.