Thursday, February 2, 2017

Is Syrian President Assad In Ill Health?

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks to French journalists in Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on January 9, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Syrian government denies rumors Assad in poor health

The Syrian government has denied rumors that President Bashar al-Assad is suffering from ill health, saying he was "carrying out his duties quite normally".

Speculation swirled in recent days on social media and some Arab news websites saying Assad, 51, was in critical condition, citing rumors of stroke, or even that he had been shot.

"The presidency denies all these reports. President Assad is in excellent health," his office said in a statement on Friday.

"They (the reports) coincide with the changing circumstances in the field and politically," it said, without elaborating.

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WNU Editor: I mentioned a few weeks ago that Syrian President Assad looked sick. He has clearly lost a lot of weight, and he is now looking gaunt.


Jay Farquharson said...


Assad is dying "speculation" go back to 2011,

Almost as funny as the Hillary stories.

War News Updates Editor said...

He has looked sick in the past few months Jay. Then again .... who would not be if they were in his shoes.

Jay Farquharson said...

So does Trump,

Remote medical diagnosis is about as valid as a ouigia board.

After 35, we all have days where we look like crap.

James said...

His demise would be quite convenient for some.

Caecus said...

Like the tens of thousands of Syrian he killed with gas and barrel bombs

Anonymous said...

I remember lots of stories a few years back about Putin's reported ill health. It's a ploy, but I can't imagine who benefits.

Chase jones said...

I agree with jay could be lighting or make up u can never believe lire media if he was really sick they wouldnt let it show