Syria's first lady is being treated for breast cancer

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi Russia on May 17

Syrian first lady Asma Assad is being treated for breast cancer

Asma al-Assad, 42, who was born into a Syrian family in the United Kingdom and graduated from King's College London, enjoys popularity owing to her social activity.

Wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has commenced treatment for early-stage breast cancer.

Official reports on Mrs. Assad's disease were followed by numerous wishes of an earliest possible recovery the rank-and-file Syrians tweeted in the social media.

The statement concludes that the President has "strength, confidence and faith" as the treatment begins.

The presidency did not specify where the first lady was being treated, but the word "military" was printed on a blanket visible in the picture, indicating she was likely in a government-run military hospital. In the early days of the Syrian war after 2011, many suggested Ms Al Assad was ignorant of the decisions her husband was taking.

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Born in 1975, the British-born former investment banker had been styled as a progressive rights advocate before Syria's war began in March 2011. She was still allowed to travel between Syria and Great Britain, where she retained citizenship.

Ms Al Assad was born and raised in London to Syrian parents before moving back to Syria after meeting the president. She married Assad in 2000.

The same year, activists released thousands of private emails purportedly from Mr Assad and his wife apparently showing that the latter continued to buy luxury goods even after the uprising had begun. Also, she provides assistance to the families of soldier who died in combat and to shelters for orphans.

Asma's last foreign interview was conducted in October 2016 with Kremlin-backed RT, in which she said she turned down offers from foreign adversaries for guarantees of safety and financial security if she fled the war-torn country.

Asma, whose father is a cardiologist and whose mother is a diplomat, has two sons and a daughter with Assad.

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