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Did Syrian President’s Son Hafez Assad Write Facebook Post Daring US To Attack?

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A post daring the United States to attack Syria appeared on Facebook early on Wednesday morning. It appears that the post’s author might have been none other than Hafez Assad, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year-old son, Gawker reported.

The poster wrote:

I just want them to attack sooo much, because I want them to make this huge mistake of beginning something that they don't know the end of it.

[The United States] may have the best army in the world, maybe the best airplanes, ships, tanks than ours, but soldiers? No one has soldiers like the ones we do in Syria. America doesn’t have soldiers, what it has is some cowards with new technology who claim themselves liberators.

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What did Hezbollah have back then? Some street fighters and some small rockets and a pile of guns, but they had belief, In theirselves [sic] and in their country and that’s exactly what’s gonna happen to America if it chooses invasion because they don’t know our land like we do, no one does, victory is ours in the end no matter how much time it takes.

The New York Times notes that many of the post's “likes” come from accounts that seem to belong to family members and children of senior members of the Assad government.

The Times writes:

Among them are accounts that seemingly belong to two children of Deputy Vice President Mohammed Nassif Khierbek, Ali and Sally and to three children of a former deputy defense minister, Assef Shawkat, who was killed in a bombing in July 2012.

The accounts said to belong to the children of Mr. Shawkat — one of his sons, Bassel, and two of his daughters, Anisseh and Boushra — appeared to be authentic, according to a Syrian journalist from Damascus who has extensive knowledge of the country’s ruling elite and spoke on condition of anonymity, citing safety concerns. Mr. Shawkat was married to the sister of Bashar al-Assad, making these three children cousins of Mr. Assad’s son Hafez, who is believed to be the author of the Facebook post.

If Hafez did not write the post, the person who did certainly did their homework.

Sources: Gawker, The New York Times