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"Allah protects Syria"
"Allah protects Syria"

Billboard with portrait of Bashar al-Assad and the text "Allah protects Syria" on the old city wall of Damascus in 2006. Photo by Bertil Videt.

Alawite in Latakia
Alawite in Latakia

This French post card from around 1900 pictures an Alawite man from Latakia with a hatchet, sword, and rifle. 

Alawite women
Alawite women

Alawite women photographed in Syria in the 1920s 

Alawites for Assad
Alawites for Assad

A pro-Assad demonstration in Latakia in June 2011

Ali
Ali

Alawites revere Ali as a Jesus-like incarnation of the divine.

An Alawite man
An Alawite man

An Alawite falconer in Banyas, Syria, during World War II. Photo by Frank Hurley.

Assad family portrait
Assad family portrait

The Assad family around 1994. Bashar, current president of Syria, is second from the left on the back row. Then-president Hafez al-Assad is seated at right. 

 

Assad greets Nixon
Assad greets Nixon

Syrian President Hafez al-Assad of Syria greets President Nixon on his arrival at Damascus airport in 1974.

Assad in prayer
Assad in prayer

Bashar al-Assad in prayer. He cultivated ties to Shi'ite Islam to take advantage of a trend among Alawites converting to the mainstream relgion. 

Counting caloires
Counting caloires

Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad was widely criticized for wearing a calorie watch bracelet while distributing food to homeless Syrians.

family photo
family photo

President Hafez al-Assad with his family in the early 1970s. From left to right: Bashar, Maher, Anisa Makhlouf, Majd, Bushra, and Basil.

flag of Syria
flag of Syria

The official Syrian flag

Hama after the attack
Hama after the attack

A section of Hama after the government attack that killed 30,000 civilian Muslims

Opposition flag
Opposition flag

The Syrian Independence Flag, official flag of the country from 1932 to 1958, has been taken up by the Free Syrian Army.

Protest
Protest

A protestor marks the 30th anniversary of the Hama massacre in 2012.

Syrian Independence Day
Syrian Independence Day

Syrians celebrate their independence in 1946

Syrian stamp
Syrian stamp

A Syrian stamp pays tribute to the Alawites.