Asma Al-Assad is the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been in power since July 2000. For a time, Asma was seen in a positive light, as she took a big role in the Syrian government to push social and economic development. She was even once featured in a flattering Vogue article.
The 41-year-old Asma’s public image crumbled in 2011, when the Syrian Civil War broke out. She was silent at first and began slowing down public appearances in 2012. Still, the Syrian government maintains an Instagram page that continues to post positive images of Asma. She also has her own Instagram page, which she used to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s missile attack on an air field near Homs on April 6.
“The presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that what America has done is an irresponsible act that only reflects a short-sightedness, a narrow horizon, a political and military blindness to reality, and a naive pursuit of a frenzied false propaganda campaign that fueled the regime’s arrogance,” she wrote in Arabic, notes News.Com.AU.
Asma was most recently seen publicly in an English-language interview with Russia 24, a state-backed station in Russia. In the interview, she thanked Russia for its “noble efforts” to support the Assad regime.
Here’s what you need to know about Asma Al-Assad.