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article imageBashar Assad's own mother is rumored to have defected to the UAE

By Eric Morales     Jan 30, 2013 in World
Damascus - A U.S. Ambassador as well as Arab media reports, claim that the dictator of Syria's own mother has join the list of high level supporters to flee the country.
The elderly mother of President Bashar Assad, is said to have joined her daughter in the United Arab Emirates. Anisa Makhlouf married the brutal ruler of Syria, Hafez al-Assad who ruled over the ancient country for 29-years until his death in 2000, when he was still a lieutenant in the Syrian Air Force in the mid-1950's. Now Al Arabiya reports that the former First Lady of Syria has fled the country.
Anisa Makhoulf, who was a distant relative to her husband and also from a powerful family in Syria, has joined her daughter, Bushra in the United Arab Emirates capital of Dubai. Those who have been following the conflict in Syria closely may recall that Bushra was recently widowed following the killing of her husband, Syrian Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat in a bombing that struck the Syrian National Security Council building. The blast also killed the Syrian Defense Minister in July of last year.
Is the regime coming to an end?
"Members of the regime, little by little, are flaking off," U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford told CNN last week. Ford served as America's special envoy to Damascus until he was recalled by the Obama administration in 2011.
U.S. government officials denied reports that Jihad Makdissi, a former spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry was in the United States, after Ambassador Ford apparently misspoke while being interviewed by CNN last Thursday. However Makdissi, and now Anisa Makhlouf al-Assad join a list of former regime members who have defected.
General Mustafa al-Sheikh, who was a 37-year veteran of the Syrian armed forces fled the country and went to Turkey. A commander of the Syrian Republican Guard's 10th Brigade, General Manaf Tlass defected in the summer of 2011 with the aid of French intelligence.
The defection of Anisa al-Assad comes as the United States and Israel are growing more concerned with the stockpiles of chemical weapons the Syrian regime has in its arsenal, as well as the tumultuous rebellion against Assad's oppressive rule, which has been raging for two years. The Israeli Air Force struck a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border on Tuesday night.
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