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Is there such a thing as the Assad selfie curse?

It appears that every time a regime loyalist or soldier takes a selfie with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, they die within the span of the next year

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It appears that every time a regime loyalist or soldier takes a selfie with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, they die within the span of the next year.

Many on social media are now attributing this as the “Assad-selfie” curse as evidenced by the death of three loyalists who were all killed within a year of taking their photograph with their president.

Captain Abdel al-Zain Saqr – Killed five months after photo

Saqr appeared listening to Assad talking to him while their photo was captured on December 31, 2014, during an official tour in Jobar area on the suburb of the capital Damascus. According to the Syrian opposition, he was killed five months later in May 2015. Saqr was in born in Zama town of Latakia loyal Assad.

Colonel Naeem Ahmed – Killed 10 months after photo

Colonel Naeem Ahmed was part of Assad’s republican guards when his photo and a video of him was taken talking with Assad during battles in Jobar in the outskirts of Damascus.

The photo was printed in large posters in Ahmed’s hometown of Ain Daleema in Tartous.

According to Syrian opposition members, Ahmed was killed in battle in October 2016, roughly ten months after the photo was believed to be taken.

Former intelligence officer Haitham Ismail – Killed six months after photo

Haitham Ismail, a former officer is Syria’s secretive intelligence apparatus called the “Mukhabarat”, gained popularity among regime loyalists when a video of Assad and him talking went viral last year. In that conversation, Assad can be heard asking Ismail his age and experience fighting in the conflict.

Six months later, Ismail would die during battle.