Is there a bounty on the head of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? There appears to be confusion within the ranks of the rebel resistance called the Free Syrian Army as to whether a $25 million reward exists for his capture, “dead or alive.”
The president has was rubber-stamped by Syria’s parliament into power in 2000 after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad. Hafez came to power after a coup in 1970.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army denied a news report earlier in the day that the bounty was issued.
“The FSA has no affiliation with a Syrian opposition group in Egypt calling itself ‘the Free Syrian Army to protect the Revolution’ and their $25 million bounty on Bashar Assad’s head,” Louai Miqdad, spokesman of the Higher Revolutionary Council of the Free Syrian Army, said from Turkey.
Earlier Tuesday, the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported that a bounty would be paid by Syrian businessmen who support the rebels trying to oust al-Assad. The report cited FSA commander Ahmad Hijazi. The businessmen were not identified for security reasons.
The rebels are trying to end al-Assad’s regime, which many world leaders have blamed for the deaths of thousands of civilians over the past 18 months.