Asma al-Assad was once hailed by Vogue magazine as Syria’s “Rose in the Desert.” But since the death of her mother-in-law, she’s emerged as a brutal power player in her own right.
Jeremy Hodge is an investigative journalist covering Syria and Iraq, along with Middle East petroleum, defense, and finance sectors. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al-Jazeera, and other outlets. He is fluent in Arabic.
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Turkey's President Erdogan and the other players may think this is a blood-drenched game of chess, but nobody is winning as new refugee floods threaten Europe.
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