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Syria, Bashar, Asma al-Assad
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The Enigma of Damascus. Bashar, educated in Great Britain and a non-Muslim Alawite, and his Sunni wife, Asma, born in Britain, a former Deutchbank and JP Morgan Banker, having lived in Manhattan and Paris with relatives in Houston, Texas. The challenges are many in creating a secular, modern society while avoiding divisive Islamic extremism and the threat of Israel's vision of colonial dominion throughout the fertile crescent.

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