Maher al-Assad

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Maher al-Assad (Arabic: مَاهِرُ ٱلْأَسَدِ‎, romanized: Māhir al-ʾAsad, born 8 December 1967) is a Syrian general and commander of the Republican Guard and the army's elite Fourth Armoured Division, which together with Syria's secret police form the core of the country's security forces. He is also a member of the Central Committee of the Ba'ath Party's Syrian Regional Branch. He is thought by some to be the second-most powerful man in Syria after his brother Bashar, the current President.Maher is described by analysts as preferring Iran (as opposed to Russia) to play the largest role as the Syrian Government's main ally during the Syrian Civil War and subsequent post-war reconstruction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maher al-Assad has received more than 521,832 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Maher al-Assad is the 1,131st most popular military personnel (down from 1,082nd in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from Syria (down from 104th in 2019) and the most popular Syrian Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Maher al-Assad ranks 1,131 out of 1,466Before him are Hulusi Akar, Alexander von Linsingen, Georgi Todorov, Maksim Purkayev, Anthony McAuliffe, and Bardanes Tourkos. After him are James M. Gavin, Gustav-Adolf von Zangen, Courtney Hodges, Bardas Phokas the Elder, Erik Heinrichs, and Alfred Saalwächter.

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Among people born in 1967, Maher al-Assad ranks 83Before him are Vince Gilligan, Emil Kostadinov, Eddie Guerrero, Paul Giamatti, Michael Johnson, and Lauren Graham. After him are Thomas Muster, Gorō Miyazaki, Aron Winter, Melanie Thornton, Ty Burrell, and Rufus Sewell.

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Among people born in Syria, Maher al-Assad ranks 106 out of 158Before him are Al-Afdal ibn Salah ad-Din (1170), John X of Antioch (1955), Hilarion Capucci (1922), Hashim al-Atassi (1875), Antiochus Hierax (-266), and Mithridates I Callinicus (-200). After him are Ignatius IV of Antioch (1920), Ibn al-Qalanisi (1073), Assef Shawkat (1950), Muhammed Faris (1951), Dawoud Rajiha (1947), and Ignatius Joseph III Yonan (1944).


Among military personnels born in Syria, Maher al-Assad ranks 1After him are Riad al-Asaad (1961), Issam Zahreddine (1961), Suheil al-Hassan (1970), and Rojda Felat (1980).