FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, a Syrian boy rides a bicycle through a devastated part of the old city of Homs, Syria. On Nov. 13, 1970, Hafez Assad a young career air force officer launched a bloodless coup. Fifty years later, Hafez Assad’s family still rules Syria. The country is in ruins from a decade of civil war that killed around a half million people, displaced half the population and virtually wiped out the economy. But Hafez’s son, Bashar Assad, has an unquestioned grip on what remains. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)