Members of the Syrian Druze community and government officials attend the funeral service of Sheikh Hussein al-Jarboua, a Druze religious leader in Syria and Lebanon who had close ties to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, on December 21, 2012 in Damascus. Jarboua was 87 and died following a battle against cancer. AFP PHOTO/STR
Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) receives Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) May 10, 2010 in Damascus, Syria. Medvedev is on a two-day state visit and will hold talks focusing on the bilateral relationship between Syria and Russia, amongst other matters.
Princess Letizia of Spain, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Syrian Arab Republic President Bashar al-Assad, his wife Asma al-Assad, Queen Sofia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain pose for photographers at Zarzuela Palace on July 4, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.