The President of Syria from 2000-Present
Beginnings of His Presidency
Before his presidency al-Assad had little to do with politics and his only real leadership position was in the Syrian Computer society which introduced the internet to Syria in 2001. Bashar al-Assad was elected on July 10th, 2000 from an unopposed ballet directly after his father's presidency. In the beginning of his presidency a lot of his policies reflected concerns towards the advance of western ideals and also the containment of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Civil War
The Syrian crisis was started early in 2011 when al-Assad ordered the attack on peaceful protestors with tanks, attack helicopters, artillery, and the torture and execution of children. The locals took to the streets to protest after 15 schoolchildren were arrested and reportedly tortured for writing anti-government graffiti on a wall. The protests started to focus more towards a need for democracy and a greater freedom. After the first few attacks by the government the people demanded that al-Assad resign. The protestors immediately retaliated by bearing arms and going against the Syrian Regime. This started the first stages of the Civil War. On August 21st, 2013 the Syrian Regime reportedly used a form of chemical warfare against the rebels that caused the death of over 1400 people. The death toll has reached around 240,000 people and still climbs upward. Over 12 million people have fled the country as refugees and seek a new home where ever one can be found.
Whats Been in the News Lately?
Bashar al-Assad has continued to show his military's strength through the continued "Containment" of the rebels in Syria. However recently the interest of foreigner leaders has become more apparent when Vladimir Putin of Russia started his air strike campaign through out most of Syria. According to political reporters Putin has been using these airstrikes to show the military strength that comes with an alliance with the Russians. So the air strikes from Russia continue to be ordered in order for the Syrian regime to take back the power it has lost.