Bashar Al-Assad
Bashar Al-Assad

Al-Assad is an ethnically Alawite Shia and president of the Syrian Arab Republic. Since 2011, the civil war between the regime and an assortment of groups (mainly gathered under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army) has resulted in approximately 400,000 people being killed, six million displaced internally, and about five million having fled the country in a humanitarian crisis which is also having a destabilizing influence on neighbouring countries.

Source of Influence: Political

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