Assad’s response to Syria unrest divides the Alawites

BEIRUT, Lebanon — After Jaber Abboud, a baker from Baniyas, Syria, first lashed out publicly at President Bashar al-Assad for failing to promote real change, his neighbors ignored it. But Mr. Abboud and most of his community are Alawites, the same religious sect as the president. When the popular uprising broke out, many believed that […]

Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawkat buried, report

According to anti-Syrian regime activists,  President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law  Assef Shawkat who was  Syria’s deputy defense minister  was   buried on Wednesday in his hometown, which they identified as Madhale, near the Mediterranean coastal city of Tartous. Several activists quoted by Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television said black flags were flying in Madhale in mourning.

Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawkat confirmed dead

The brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, who also is the troubled nation’s former intelligence chief, is dead after an apparent assassination attack Sunday in Damascus, Syrian opposition leaders tell U.S. News & World Report. The Free Syrian Army, an armed opposition group that has been fighting Assad’s military for months, said Sunday it had […]