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Assad's Family Reunion Could Be a Final Victory

Added 12-02-21 02:34:02am EST - “By reconciling with an estranged uncle, Syria's dictator may have definitively reestablished his power.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Assad’s Family Reunion Could Be a Final Victory”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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A good nephew must be a good leader: That is how Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wanted his Alawite ethnic group to think of him when he decided in October to allow his estranged uncle, Rifaat al-Assad, to return to Syria and escape a four-year prison sentence in France. It was not an altruistic gesture but one that sprung from self-preservation. 

Until 1984, Rifaat al-Assad got along well with his brother and Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez al-Assad, the former president who brought the Assad clan to power. Rifaat al-Assad was his brother’s most trusted general and allegedly his frontman in 1982 to carry out the massacre of political Islamists in Hama. Thousands were killed, and Rifaat al-Assad came to be known as the “Butcher of Hama.” But the family squabble began soon after, and just two years later, he was suspected of plotting to overthrow his brother. Rifaat al-Assad was exposed and forced to flee the country. 

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