Definition of Assad, Hafiz al- in English:

Assad, Hafiz al-

proper noun

  • (1930–2000), Syrian statesman; president 1971–2000. While in office, he ensured the strengthening of Syria's oil-based economy and suppressed political opposition such as the uprising of Muslim extremists (1979–82). He supported the coalition forces during the 1991 Gulf War. His son Bashar al-Assad (born 1965) succeeded him: in 2011 a series of protests against his rule led to the Syrian civil war.

Pronunciation

Assad, Hafiz al-

/ˈasad/