Hafez al- Assad
(1928—2000) Syrian Baath statesman, President 1971–2000Return to overview »
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Syrian statesman and soldier; president 1971–2000.
Born into a poor family, Assad was educated at military academies in Syria and the Soviet Union, graduating as an air-force pilot. His support for the Ba'ath party led to his dismissal from the armed forces in ...