Assad’s wife Asma is pregnant, report

Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma at an exhibition in Paris in 2010

President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have slaughtered more than 60,000 Syrians over the past 22 months but his British-born wife is apparently trying to offset those losses: she is said to be pregnant.

The Syrian dictator gave the news to some recent Arab “visitors”, the pro Syrian Beirut newspaper al-Akhbar reported yesterday.

“The man seems calm and in control,” the al-Akhbar article says of Assad. “His confidence level stands out. Also, there’s the news of the pregnancy of his wife Asma, which could not be dealt with as a simple personal matter between a couple.”

Asma Assad, 37, was born in London to upper-class Syrians. She was an investment banker before leaving England for Syria, where she married Assad two months after he assumed the presidency in 2000. Before him, his father Hafez Assad ruled the country for 30 years.

Asma Assad has not been seen recently – which Arab online news site Al Bawaba attributes to her pregnancy. Citing a Syrian news outlet, Al Bawaba reports that she was five months pregnant in November, which means her due date is imminent.

This also means she likely became pregnant in June, a remarkably violent month for Syria. United Nations monitors left the country that month because it was deemed too dangerous, and because Assad had refused to abide by cease-fires.

Eight thousand people had been killed in the conflict in that month , the U.N. estimates – and Syrian citizens were fleeing for the country’s borders. Thousands were leaving each day; now tens of thousands are leaving, most at night, dodging fire from Assad’s troops.

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Asma Assad had also become a controversial figure, with diplomatic wives around the world pleading with her to reason with her husband. Around the same time, a hacker had released thousands of emails from the Assads’ email accounts, revealing Asma Assad’s love for Chanel dresses and crystal-encrusted Louboutin shoes – and also her fierce loyalty to her husband and his hard-line approach.

The European Union then slapped her with sanctions, saying she could no longer travel to Europe or shop at European companies.

  • joey

    lets hear this please asma 37 was born in london to an upper class syrians there is no upper class syrians they are all bunches of assholes come and rob lebanon i wish that whatever you done to the lebanese people will happen to your family and you should change your surname to a mousse

    • FreetheME1

      I am not Syrian, However it seems to me the only Asshole is you. You are a typical
      ignorant Lebo. Something the Anglo Saxons call people like you.

  • joey

    lets hear this please asma 37 was born in london to an upper class syrians there is no upper class syrians they are all bunches of assholes come and rob lebanon i wish that whatever you done to the lebanese people will happen to your family and you should change your surname to a mousse

    • FreetheME1

      I am not Syrian, However it seems to me the only Asshole is you. You are a typical
      ignorant Lebo. Something the Anglo Saxons call people like you.

  • alisar smith

    Not a very intelligent comment, they helped Lebanon and the Lebanese people

  • alisar smith

    Not a very intelligent comment, they helped Lebanon and the Lebanese people

  • FHTEX

    Good for her … and good for the people of Syria, who have suffered so much. BTW, Assad and his government have not slaughtered 60,000 people. No one knows how many have died in the civil war, but many of them have been Syrian military and police and government officials and supporters …. whereas many of the others killed have been foreign jihadists. Fortunately, the war is coming to a close soon as the Syrian Arab Army has produced a spectacular string of victories and is on the verge of wiping out the rebels from the urban areas of Syria.

    • FreetheME1

      Well Said

  • FHTEX

    Good for her … and good for the people of Syria, who have suffered so much. BTW, Assad and his government have not slaughtered 60,000 people. No one knows how many have died in the civil war, but many of them have been Syrian military and police and government officials and supporters …. whereas many of the others killed have been foreign jihadists. Fortunately, the war is coming to a close soon as the Syrian Arab Army has produced a spectacular string of victories and is on the verge of wiping out the rebels from the urban areas of Syria.

    • FreetheME1

      Well Said

  • libnan1

    I didn’t do it but I wish I did …:) she is hot…..

  • libnan1

    I didn’t do it but I wish I did …:) she is hot…..