Introducing Al Arabiya English’s Assad Regime “Deck of Cards”


The Al Arabiya English portal has released a new interactive gallery, in the form of a deck of playing cards, which helps readers keep track of defections, deaths and arrests within the inner-circle of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Under the title “The Lion’s Den” (“Assad” is Arabic for “Lion”), visitors of can now view and interact with a constantly updated info-graphic which serves as a guide to members of the Baathist Syrian regime.

Using playing cards has previously been employed during the 2003 United States-led war in Iraq, when the U.S. military developed a similar set to help troops identify the most-wanted members of (late) president Saddam Hussein’s government, high-ranking Baath party members of the Revolutionary Command Council.

As for its design, the “Lion’s Den” is illustrated through a deck of interactive playing cards, with each card indicating the name, title, picture and current status of Assad’s inner-circle and government officials.

The “Lion’s Den” can be viewed by clicking on the designated banner on Al Arabiya’s English website or here.