A British-Syrian dual national, Asma al Assad has played an active role in the devastating Syrian war, and a growing political role in the regime’s government. She also risks losing her British citizenship.
Russia has stuck by the Syrian regime leader through thick and thin – but the alliance is under more pressure than ever.
The blast hit a bustling commercial part of the town that lies in the heartland of regime leader al Assad's minority Alawite sect.
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