Asma, the wife of the Syrian president, is pregnant with the couple's fourth child, according to reports.
UNCONFIRMED: Syrian President Bashar Assad himself apparently let the news slip, but a similar rumor also came up in June.
In an interview with al-Akhbar, a newspaper known for its anti-Western leanings, Assad casually mentioned the news. "His confidence level stands out," the newspaper reported. "Also, there's the news of the pregnancy of his wife Asmaa, which could not be dealt with as a simple personal matter between a couple."
But the rest of the report is unreliable, detailing Assad's confidence in snuffing out a civil war he claims is being perpetrated by foreign-funded extremists.
According to CBS, al-Akhbar is run by Hezbollah, an Islamic fundamentalist organization fiercely loyal to Assad.
TURMOIL IN SYRIA
Some are suggesting the rumor of a pregnancy has sprung up again as a way for Assad to show how normal his life is, even while his country is in turmoil.
The opposition in Syria is making steady advances, a U.S. ambassador told CBS, and Assad's days in power may be coming to an abrupt end. The pregnancy, therefore, shows an Assad who is confident and in control — enough so to add another member to his family.
The same rumor cropped up in June, and yet another report of Asma being pregnant came up in November. At that time, Akhbar Shabab Soriya, a Syrian news outlet, claimed Asma was five months pregnant. That would place her due date at the end of March.
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