First Name: Shafiq
Place of Birth
: Village of Ayb al-Arus, Jabla, Syria
: Shafiq is a cousin of the late president Hafez al-Assad
, his mother was sister to Hafez' father Ali Sulayman al-Assad
. Belongs to the Qalbiya - an Alawite
clan which the president also belongs to.
: Ali Aslan
; Ibrahim al-Safi; Muhammad al-Khuli
CV: 2005 Retired 2000-05 Elected Member of the Central Committee of the Baath party, Syria Former Head of the Damascus army garrison, SyriaFormer Commander of the Third Armored Division, Syrian army
left his position in June 2005, along with other representatives of the old guard such as Ali Aslan
and Bahjat Sulyaman. It i believed that Bashar al-Assad's
reshuffle was motivated by a desire to purge the ranks of old guard cronies who had built up their own decision making apparatuses.