Bashar al-Assad, amid bloody Syrian civil war, launches Instagram account to boost popularity

( 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 popularity.

The new Instagram account of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is seeking to boost his popularity amid the bloody Syrian civil war. Credit: Instagram.

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.

Posted on July 31, 2013 .