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