(BEIRUT) — Amid all the instability in Syria comes word that President Bashar al-Assad’s wife is pregnant.
If the report in the Beirut-based al-Akhbar newspaper is true, it would be the fourth child for the president and Asma al-Assad, 37.
Word of the pregnancy was apparently confirmed by Bashar himself during an interview and based on previous rumors that have floated around for the past few months. His wife is due to give birth in March.
The pregnancy is welcome news to the family and its supporters although it will likely have no bearing on the future conduct of the two-year civil war that has left more than 60,000 people dead.
Bashar has vowed to remain in power despite international pressure to step down while opposition forces remain equally determined to overthrow the president’s 12-year regime.
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