A doctor rating site says
that Dr. Hasan, a Major in the US Army, got his basic medical training at
Faculty of Medicine, Damascus University or Faculty of Human Medicine, Damascus University
One of the assessments says:
Reviewer: Pvt J. HammondAlthough he was hard to understand (strong accent) this doctor helped me come to terms with my conscientious objector status.While I am still not thrilled about being deployed to Iraq, I at least understand how doing so to protect my fellow soldiers is a good thing.
The comment is dated Nov 5, 2009. (Via Lileks.
Damascus is the capital of Syria, which the State Department considers, and has considered since 1979, a State Sponsor of Terrorism.