rian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, will have a new baby, according to a pro-Syrian regime Lebanese newspaper’s report published Monday.
Al-Akhbar claimed that it obtained such information after an interview with the Syrian embattled president.
The paper provided no further details on the pregnancy or due date.
However, the newspaper’s report of Asma’s pregnancy corroborates rumors by an Amman-based news website, Al-Bawaba, that she conceived in June.
The president’s wife, who was born in London, is a 37-year-old former investment banker. She has not been seen publicly for months and rumors have repeatedly surfaced that she has left Syria for personal safety reasons.
Both President Assad’s mother and sister have left the country and said to be residing in the UAE. While Assad’s sister, Bushra, left the country to the UAE in September last year, a U.S. official confirmed on January 24, 2012, that the president’s mother, Anisa Makhlouf, and other members of the regime’s inner circle fled to the Gulf country.
In Al-Akhbar’s fawning report, it outlined the day to day activities in the Syrian presidential palace in Damascus. While it described Assad as being “calm and in control,” it praised his “his intricate reading of the situation” in Syria.
According to the paper, Assad said for the first time that the country was in a state of war. However, he insisted that he will win, telling Al Akhbar that “what the Syrian army achieved in the last few weeks will come to light soon.” He further indicated that there had been “a real change of the situation on the ground.”
The Assad family already has three young children.
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