On the 21st of January, 22 years ago in 1994, the Syrian Armed Forces lost a young promising commander, and a son of a great man.
Late Lt. Colonel Basel Hafiz al-Assad.
Joined the ranks of the Syrian Arab Armed Forces on September 24, 1984 at the age of 22, and graduated from the Syrian Military Academy in 1986 as a First Lieutenant.
In 1987 he was promoted to a captain when he did a high command training in the Syrian Armed Forces “A special training for commanders, the red signal on the military rank shows that the officer have done that training in Arabic دورة ركن”
On November 27, 1991 he submitted a research to the Soviet academy of military sciences, the academy granted him a first class honor reward for his research.
He completed paratrooper/airborne training, a gunship piloting course in 1990, and started a MiG-21 piloting training program but died before completing it.
He served with the 2nd Special Forces Regiment, of the 14th Airborne Division, and with the 12th Armored Battalion of the Syrian Arab Republican Guards.
He died on 21 January 1994 on his way to Damascus International Airport. He collided at a highspeed during foggy conditions onto a motorway roundabout without wearing a seatbelt. He died instantly.