Syrian Rebels Put $25 Million Bounty On Assad? 4 years ago 1


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. Home Page

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