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Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad is the current President of Syria. He is also the Regional Secretary of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party.

Bashar al-Assad was elected as Syrian President in 2000 and 2007, unopposed both times. He led the country after his father Hafez al-Assad died in 2000. Hafez al-Assad led the country for 29 years till his death.

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FireEye Reveals Threat Group Employed Skype to Steal Military Plans in Syria
FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), the leader in stopping today's advanced cyber attacks, today released "Behind the Syrian Conflict's Digital Front Lines," a report from the FireEye Threat Intelligence team detailing the activities of a cyber espionage group that stole Syrian opposition's strategies and battle plans

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vows to live and die in Syria
Assad firm that he won't flee the country

Egypt slams Syrian regime during the Non-aligned nations summit
Egypt president Mohammed Morsi calls for ousting of Assad regime in Syria

Barack Obama warns Bashar against using chemical weapons
Obama says American forces could move in Syria if they use chemical weapons against rebel fighters

Organization of Islamic Cooperation suspends Syria's membership
US hails decision to suspend Syria

Lebanon militiamen kidnaps Syrians
Saudi, UAE and Qatar warn their citizens to leave Lebanon

Riyad Hijab says Syrian government falling
Hijab says Assad controls only 30 percent of Syria

UK commits £5 million to Free Syrian Army
Support will include more radio and satellite equipment to the rebels

Wael Nader al-Halqi appointed new Prime Minister of Syria
President Assad appointed Wael Nader al-Halqi as Syrian Prime Minister

Syria acknowledges possession of weapons of mass destruction
Syria says that it would not hold back using chemical and biological weapons against external aggression

Iraq rejects calls for stepdown of Assad
Iraqi spokesman says that the decision whether to oust Bashar should be left to people of Syria

UN Security Council approves 30 days extension to its Syria monitoring mission
Western countries says this extension will be final

Army makes gains in Damascus as clashes in Syria escalates
Over 310 dead in Syrian fighting on Thursday alone; Thousands are reported leaving the country

Russia and China vetoes on Syrian resolution
Veto puts 300-member United Nations mission in Syria in doubt

Assad's wife flees to Russia as fresh fighting is reported in Damascus
Assad reported to have moved to to coastal city of Latakia as 'decisive battle' begins; David Cameron asks Assad to step down; Crucial UN Security Council votes today

Jordan King warns Syrian chemical weapons could be seized by al-Qaeda
Says it will take years for Syria to come to normalcy if situation deteriorates

Syria Defence Minister General Rajha and Deputy Defence official Shawkat dead in suicide bomb attack
Blast takes place inside national security building in Damascus

Russia blames west of blackmailing so as to use force in Syria
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov says it will continue to oppose any new UN resolution on Syria that would include the use of force.

Fighting breaks out in Syrian capital; several injured in bus blast incident
Battle in Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood; Syria denies attack on Tremseh village

Syria Government denies using of heavy weapons in Tremseh violence
Syrian Government denies using of heavy weapons in Tremseh violence. Says Kofi Annan got it wrong.

UN Observers on way to Tremseh in Syria
UN Observers are on way to Tremseh village two days after the deadly massacre that killed 220

Syria introduces death penalty for anyone arming 'terrorists'
The Syrian government has introduced a law recommending the death penalty for anyone found arming 'terrorists'.

Syrian government threatens to execute 21 Free Army rebels within 24 hours
The Free Syrian Army, which waged a rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad's regime since June, has said that the government forces have threatened to execute 21 captured defectors within 24 hours.

'Optimistic' Arab League says Syria will sign observer mission plan soon
Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi has said that the Arab League is 'optimistic' that Syria will sign a proposal to send an observer mission to the restive country by Monday.

Syria death toll 'exceeds 5000': UN human rights chief Navi Pillay
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said that the death toll in Syria's nine-month crackdown on an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has now crossed 5000.

Bashar al-Assad rejects accusations of being responsible for deaths of Syrians
President Bashar al-Assad has rejected accusations that he is responsible for the deaths of thousands of protesters in Syria's nine-month-long uprising.

Syria would allow observers to monitor country's situation if Arab League lifts sanctions
Syria has agreed to allow in observer to monitor the deadly crackdown on anti-government protestors that has gripped the country for nearly nine months only if Arab League lifts its sanctions.

'Ouster of Syria's Assad will bring war to Middle East': Iraq PM Al-Maliki
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned that the Middle East would be engulfed by sectarian bloodshed if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed.

Syrian troops killed 2-year-old girl to prevent her from 'growing into a protester'
Syrian forces killed a two-year-old girl to prevent her from growing up to be a demonstrator, during the crackdown on protest movements against President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria isolated as Arab League imposes economic sanctions
Syria, a nation that is already facing a growing military insurgency, has been left isolated after its Arab neighbours voted for an unprecedented package of sanctions after it failed to stop its crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Syrian military vows 'to cut every evil hand' targeting nation's security forces
The Syrian military has vowed to 'cut every evil hand' that targets the country's security, and warned that recent attacks on elite security forces marked a dangerous escalation in the nation's eight-month-old turmoil.

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