Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Says His Wife Is Pregnant

According to a sympathetic Lebanese newspaper, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s wife, British-born, 37-year-old Asma al-Assad, is pregnant. The news came in an article in which Assad spoke about the country’s roughly two-year-long civil war and the army achieving “important results.”

The English version of the story in Al Akhbar offhandedly noted:

“On the personal level, the man seems calm and in control. His confidence level stands out. Also, there‚Äôs the news of the pregnancy of his wife Asmaa, which could not be dealt with as a simple personal matter between a couple.”

The story provided no further details, but The New York Times pointed to rumors that Assad became pregnant in June.

“But the reference seemed to corroborate rumors that Mrs. Assad had conceived in June, which was reported in November by Al Bawaba, an Amman-based news Web site. Mrs. Assad, a 37-year-old former investment banker who was born in London, has not been seen publicly in months. Rumors have repeatedly surfaced that she has left Syria for personal safety reasons.”

The report is true, the Times added, Assad would be adding a member to his family during some of the country’s “worst mayhem.” In the Al Akhbar interview, Assad spoke of “real change” in the situation in Syria, saying “what the Syrian army achieved in the last few weeks will come to light soon.”

(h/t NYT)

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