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  •  He has always kinda looked like a puppet - stiff (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's a report on the inner circle.

    Bashar al-Assad's inner circle

    30 July 2012
    Although Bashar al-Assad inherited Syria's presidency on his father's death in 2000, analysts say he does not have Hafez al-Assad's absolute grip on power. He is surrounded by military and intelligence figures, most of whom are either related to the president or are members of his minority Alawite community.

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