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Born on September 11, 1965, Bashar al-Assad took control of Syria after his father died in 2000.
Bashar al-Assad took control of Syria and its more than 20 million people when his father, Hafez, died in 2000. Many had hoped that Assad, who ran unopposed for the presidency, would institute reforms after decades of rule by the Baathist strongman. True freedom did not come about, however - a reality made clear in the violent government response to protests in 2011, which led to the beginning of Syria's civil war, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions. This page collates all of DW's content on Bashar al-Assad.
A top German court has quashed an appeal by an ex-member of Syria's secret police convicted on torture-related charges. His conviction on charges of being an accessory to crimes against humanity was a landmark verdict.
For years Russia supported the Syrian regime with a brutal bombing campaign against rebel-held areas. Civilian infrastructure was devastated, cities destroyed. Now Syrians are sending messages of support to Ukrainians and advice for first responders.