American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Assad, Hafez al- 1928?-2000. Syrian political leader who seized control of the government in 1970 and was elected president in 1971.
“In Washington, the State Department reiterated U.S. condemnation of what it called the Assad government's "revolting" actions.”
“The collapse of the peace initiative came despite President Obama's strongest condemnation yet of what he called Assad's "killing machine.”
“Ironically, this is where Russia and U.S. interests seem to intersect, considering just months ago American leaders, such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were calling Assad a "reformer".”
“Bashar Al-Assad is still in the lead with a score of 97% (re-elected on 29 May 2007).”
“Assad is a brutal dictator, but he can still be reasoned with.”
“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in Iran, where he has held talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on a wide range of issues.”
“Amnesty's report portrays a gruesome catalogue of documented and independently corroborated atrocities committed in the name of Assad and his subordinates against the Syrian people by his regime.”
“The residents of Gaza can be thankful that Hafaz Assad is not the Prime Minister of Israel as the fatalities would be in the 10s of thousands, not in the hundreds.”
“(Chirac, tellingly, refused to attend the summit.) “Assad is trying to present himself as a peacemaker now,” I was told by one Syrian exile who maintains close contacts in the Assad regime.”
“Assad is presenting them instead as the hub of a roaring trade in operational plans, intelligence and funds among terror groups linked to al Qaeda, Saudi intelligence and the Israeli Mossad.”
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