A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

To the Last Ditch: Maher al-Asad

Reuters has a profile of Maher al-Asad, younger brother of Bashar, head of the Republican Guard, and a man portrayed as the most brutal of the Asads. The death of brother-in-law ‘Assaf Shawkat today narrows the Asad inner clique even more as the family circles the wagons.

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