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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told "unnamed" visitors in Rawda castle, in the capital Damascus that his wife is pregnant with their fourth child, the pro-regime Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar reported.
The story in Al Akhbar said:
“On the personal level, the man seems calm and in control. His confidence level stands out. Also, there’s the news of the pregnancy of his wife Asmaa, which could not be dealt with as a simple personal matter between a couple.”
Asma Al Assad, the 37 year wife of Bashar Al Asad, was born in London to upper-class Syrians. She was an investment banker before leaving England for Syria, where she married Assad two months after he assumed the presidency in 2000.
22 months of war has ripped Asad’s country apart. More than 60,000 people have died, with more than 600,000 refugees and millions internally displaced.
President Bashar al-Assad's chances of staying in power are "shrinking by the day and things are visibly flying apart. According US ambassador to Syria, Anisa Makhlouf, Bashar al-Assad's mother and other members of his inner circle including his sister Bushra al-Assad and her five children have fled Syria.
If the story about his wife’s pregnancy is true, maybe Bashar al-Assad really does believe what he says about his popularity and impending victory and may be the pregnancy was all too shrewdly planned under the circumstances.