Assad floods Instagram with Ramadan, Ghouta pics

Published June 27th, 2016 - 06:32 GMT
Rebel fighters in Ghouta, February 2016 (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
Rebel fighters in Ghouta, February 2016 (AFP/Amer Almohibany)

You know what they say: ‘more than a pic a day keeps the followers away’ on Instagram. But Syrian president Bashar al-Assad didn’t get the memo, apparently. @syrianpresidency usually posts a handful of pics every few days, but today Assad’s account posted a whopping nine Instagram pics, mostly focusing on the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the war effort.

Assad began his Instagram frenzy by posting pictures of himself sharing an iftar (post fasting during Ramadan) meal with Syrian Army soldiers.

President Assad with Syrian Arab Army soldiers having iftar at the Marj al-Sultan airport in eastern Ghouta in the Damascus countryside

“For me, these are the best things in my life.”

He then posted several times on Syrian Army offensives in Ghouta, where the regime has made gains against various rebel groups and Daesh (ISIS), according to some pro-regime news outlets.

With soldiers at one of the points on the frontlines around 150 meters from terrorists in a farm town.

Through his account, Assad is somewhat of an Instagram celebrity, and regularly receives over a thousand likes on his pics. His account has been covered by a variety of international media outlets.

Over a quarter of a million people have died thus far in Syria’s over five-years-long civil war.


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