The Assads Versus the Makhloufs A Bitter Feud over Power and Money Erupts in Syria

For the last several months, a heated conflict has been escalating between the most powerful families in Syria. It has been trying Russia's patience and could decide who will ultimately wield control.
A poster of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad above the Damascus-Aleppo highway.

A poster of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad above the Damascus-Aleppo highway.

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An aerial image of the destruction in Aleppo

An aerial image of the destruction in Aleppo

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Investigators with confiscated drugs in Saudi Arabia

Investigators with confiscated drugs in Saudi Arabia

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Businessman Rami Makhlouf, in one of the videos he posted to Facebook

Businessman Rami Makhlouf, in one of the videos he posted to Facebook

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Bashar Assad's wife Asma: Allegedly set her sights on taking over Makhlouf's crown jewel

Bashar Assad's wife Asma: Allegedly set her sights on taking over Makhlouf's crown jewel

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with Syrian President Bashar Assad: "Russia finally wants a peace deal so that the billions in recovery funding from abroad can finally start flowing."

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Syrian President Bashar Assad: "Russia finally wants a peace deal so that the billions in recovery funding from abroad can finally start flowing."

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