Monday 23 October 2017

Syria's first lady Asma: elegant English Rose. . . or 'Sopranos'-style mob wife?

Syria's First Lady Asma al-Assad holds her father Fawaz al-Akhras' hand as she tours the historic Syrian city of Ebla in 2004
Syria's First Lady Asma al-Assad holds her father Fawaz al-Akhras' hand as she tours the historic Syrian city of Ebla in 2004

Declan Cashin

The merciless death of Muammar Gaddafi at the hands of Libyan rebels has surely left any remaining Arab despots nervously looking over their shoulders.

One such dictator who should -- but doesn't seem likely to -- learn something from Gaddafi's fateful decision to fight is Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Since March of this year, Assad has brutally suppressed protesters on the streets of Syria; the UN estimates that some 3,000 people have been shot dead during the violent government crackdown.

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