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Amid the chaos, Syrian President Bashar Assad marks 48th birthday

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Syria may be in chaos, and the international community may be floundering for the proper response to the regime's chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, but President Bashar Assad is celebrating — his birthday, that is.

The beleaguered ruler turned 48 years old Wednesday, the same day America mourned and marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept.11, 2001, terror attacks on U.S. soil, as well as the first-year memorial of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attacks on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Mr. Assad tweeted a joke: "I want to thank all 2 people who wished me a happy birthday! (my cat and the maid)#AssadBirthday."

Not all social media posters spoke kindly.

One tweeted: "Today (Syria's time) is Assad's birthday. How many candles does the cake have? His age or the number of ppl he slaughtered?"

And another, noting the somber day elsewhere in the world: "It's an unfortunate soul whose birthday falls on such a notorious day. Somehow, though, Syrian President Bashar Assad marking his 48th birthday on September 11 seems at minimum ironic."

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