Asma Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, is pregnant, according to various media reports.
The pregnancy, reported Newser, which sourced various other U.S. media as well as a Lebanese newspaper, comes at a time of long-lasting civil war — an anomaly that goes far toward strengthening the arguments of analysts who see Mr. Assad's refusal to abide international pressure and step down as a descent into a Peter Pan-type illusion.
Perhaps Mr. Assad "really does believe what he says about his popularity and impending victory," writes Max Fisher, as quoted by Newser, in reference to the oddly-timed pregnancy.
Rumors had surfaced of an Asma pregnancy months ago — in June, when the country was facing the height of its bloodshed.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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