A Syrian woman makes her way through debris following a air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo July 15, 2014.(AFP Photo/Karam al-Masri)
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Key dates in the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term:July 17: Bashar Assad replaces his father Hafez Assad who dies after 30 years of iron-fisted rule. April 26: The last Syrian troops leave Lebanon, ending 29 years of military and political domination.November 21: Resumption of diplomatic ties between Syria and Iraq, 25 years after they were broken off.May 27: Assad re-elected to a second term in a referendum.Rebels fighting Assad later launch a war against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
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