The New Lion of Damascus

Bashar Al-asad And Modern Syria

by David W. Lesch

The New Lion of Damascus

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Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel and Lebanon? David Lesch used access to Bashar Assad and his family to try to answer these questions.

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