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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife, Asma, at the Bristol hotel Dec. 11, 2010 in Paris. Asma al-Assad, the daughter of a Syrian cardiologist and from a prominent family near Damascus, spent most of her life in England. In the late '90s, she started working at Deutsche Bank but eventually left and moved to Syria after marrying Bashar al-Assad in 2000.
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    Asma al-Assad attends a meeting at the International Diplomatic Academy Dec. 10, 2010 in Paris. She attained a computer science degree from King's College London. She and Bashar al-Assad have three children.
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    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Asma al-Assad arrive for a dinner at the Petit Palais, after attending Paris' Union for the Mediterranean founding summit, on July 13, 2008 in Paris.
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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Asma al-Assad visits the Louvre museum on July 13, 2008 in Paris. Al-Assad was profiled by Vogue this year. She has been compared to Princess Diana.
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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Asma al-Assad and Syrian artist Mustafa Ali visit the Arab World Institute July 12, 2008 in Paris. Al-Assad is multilingual -- she reportedly speaks perfect Arabic, French and Spanish.
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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Asma al-Assad attends the second annual Arab Women Organization Conference June 11, 2005.
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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Asma al-Assad visits the Spanish Red Cross in Madrid June 2, 2004. She reportedly started programs to encourage Syrian children about business and the global world. Her charity Basma, which means "smile" in Arabic, supports a cancer center.
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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Spain's Queen Sofia and Asma al-Assad attend the gala dinner held in honor of Syria's first lady and her husband, President Bashar al-Assad, at the Zarzuela Palace on June 1, 2004 in Madrid, Spain.
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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Asma al-Assad attends the opening session of the Conference of Arab Women on War March 8, 2004 in Beirut, Lebanon, marking International Women's Day.
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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad poses at No.10 Downing Street in London with his wife Asma al-Assad for talks on the Iraqi crisis with British Prime Minister Tony Blair Dec. 16, 2002.
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  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad Through the Years

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma al-Assad, meet with Spanish King Juan Carlos in Madrid June 1, 2004.
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