Syrian president Bashar Assad will have to answer some difficult questions about his private life after a series of affectionate emails from three women was leaked to the public.
The dictator, who is married to British-born Asma Assad, appears to have received messages from two young public relations aides telling him that they miss him, while a third woman, said to be a jewellery designer, writes: 'I can't see a life without you'.
Another email, which was sent in December and came to light yesterday, contains a photograph of an unknown woman dressed only in white lingerie as she presses herself against a wall.
Who is she? This provocative photograph of an unknown woman in white lingerie was found in Mr Assad's inbox and sent out by Syrian rebels
Former investment banker Mrs Assad, 36, was raised in Acton, West London.
One of the three admirers has been named as Sheherazad Jaafari, a PR adviser in her early twenties and the daughter of Syria's ambassador to the United Nations.
The emails show her asking another of Mr Assad's advisers to tell him: 'I love him so so so much and that I miss him.'
A message from November 27 last year finds her gushing about how wonderful she thinks Assad is, while in another she writes excitedly that she is to meet Piers Morgan the next day.
The other PR aide, named in the Sunday Times as Hadeel al-Ali, attaches a picture of Mr Assad in his youth and calls him 'cute'.
The third woman's name is Rasha Mouakeh.
These latest messages follow the revelation this week of an exchange between the president and a mystery woman, in which casual discussions of matters of state grow increasingly flirtatious.
And in emails from a second address, possibly used by the same woman under a false name, the pair are seen to swap Lebanese love songs.
One message includes the Arabic character for 'I love you'.
State media in the Middle Eastern nation have dismissed the email cache as a hoax, and there is no proof of any sexual relationship.
None of the women were available for comment.