Assef Shawkat



Age: 62


Summary: deputy defense minister under the regime of Syria's current president Bashar al-Assad since 2011 when the country's uprising began and whose stormy marriage with the corrupted president's elder sister Bushra al-Assad was believed to have played a key security role to his successful political career as a high-ranking military and intelligence leader.



Cause of Death: Killed in a suicide bomb blast


Born: January 15, 1950


Died: July 18, 2012


Location: Damascus, Syria