Jan 29, 2013

Assad's Inner Circle


Makhlouf Family
Died Before the Unrest
Basil, Mr. Assad’s older brother, was groomed to 
succeed their father as president, but died in a 
car accident. Majd, the president’s younger brother, 
suffered from mental illness.
Death and Exile
The president’s sister fled to the United Arab 
Emirates with her five children, Reuters reported 
in September, citing a source close to the 
Emirati government. Her husband, Asef, was 
killed in a bombing in Damascus in July along 
with three other top security officials.

A Hard-line Brother
Maher, Mr. Assad’s youngest brother, runs one 
of Syria’s best equipped army divisions. He is 
married to Manal, the daughter of a former 
high-ranking officer, from a Sunni family. 
Reports spread among defectors and 
antigovernment activists say that he lost 
a leg in the bombing that killed his 
brother-in-law, Asef Shawkat, in July.




The Presidential Family
The whereabouts of President Bashar al-Assad’s 
British-born Sunni wife are unclear. Months ago, 
rumors spread among antigovernment activists
 that she tried to leave the country with their 
three children, but was stopped at the airport 
by her brother-in-law, Maher.
PHOTO
UNAVAILABLE
Manal
al-Jada’an
Maher’s wife
Asma
First lady
Asef
Shawkat
KILLED
Bashar
al-Assad
President
Maher
WOUNDED
Bushra
FLED
Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Mr. Assad, has said 
that he and other relatives participate in the
 government’s decisions. Mr. Makhlouf, a tycoon, 
is seen by protesters as a symbol of the corruption 
in the regime. One of his brothers, Hafez, is a 
hard-line intelligence chief in Damascus.

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