Aniseh Makhlouf, Syria’s former first lady and the mother of current psychopath Baschar al-Assad, died Saturday, the presidency announced. She was 86. Assad’s mother dies, son to follow soon.
A statement on the presidency’s official Facebook page says Makhlouf, the wife of the late President Hafez Assad, died in the Syrian capital Damascus.
Makhlouf was born in 1930 to a family from the coastal province of Latakia in the heartland of the religious minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
She married Hafez in 1957 when he was an air force lieutenant and rarely appeared in public after he became president in 1971. Although she kept a low profile, she was known to be the family matriarch and exerted strong influence over her husband and children.
In effect, she was the architect of her husband and son’s tyranny, torture chambers, and killing of civilians.
At the beginning of the uprising against the Assad family rule in March 2011, she was reported to have pushed Assad to crack down hard on protesters.
She later escaped to the United Arab Emirates, joining her only daughter, Bushra, who moved to the Emirates with her children after her husband, Assef Shawkat, was assassinated in a blast in the Syrian capital in July 2012. Shawkat was the deputy minister of defense.
Aniseh Makhlouf’s nephew, Rami Makhlouf, is one of Syria’s most corrupt businessmen. He controls the mobile phone network and other lucrative enterprises, and the protesters behind the 2011 uprising saw him as a symbol of cronyism and corruption.
Makhlouf is survived by her daughter Bushra and her two sons, the psychopath Baschar and the psychotic Maher Assad. Two other sons passed away, one of them, Basil, in a car accident in 1994, and the other from a mental ailment the family buried in thick fog for fear it may surface that his two brothers suffer from the same conditions.
The ailment explains the behavior of Baschar al-Assad in targeting innocent women and children.
May she rot in hell for causing so much death and destruction.
AP contributed to this report.