(JNS.org) While his government’s armed forces are being
accused of war crimes and using chemical weapons in the midst of the bloody
Syrian civil war, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has launched an account on
the popular social media platform Instagram in an attempt to boost his
As of July 31, the Instagram account under the handle “syrianpresidency” had more than 4,400 followers. Most of the pictures uploaded onto the account feature Assad and his wife Asma being warmly greeted by other officials as well as meeting with Syrian children and adults who have been injured in the Syrian civil war.
Since March 2011, the Syrian civil war has resulted in more than 100,000 deaths and the displacement of 1.7 million people, according to the United Nations.