Syria's first lady has successful breast cancer surgery

Syria's Presidency says the first lady has had successful surgery for breast cancer in the capital's military hospital

The Presidency said Sunday that Asma Assad is fighting a malignant tumor with "strength, confidence and faith." The specifics of her surgery were not immediately known.

Asma Assad has maintained a public role, promoting civil and charity groups before the war and supporting families of soldiers after the conflict, which has killed more than 450,000.

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