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Syria: New defense minister is General Fahad Jassim al-Freij

Syria: New defense minister is General Fahad Jassim al-Freij.

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BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syria appointed General Fahad Jassim al-Freij as defence minister, state television said, to replace Daoud Rajha who was killed in a bomb attack on Wednesday.

Freij, who was previously the chief of staff of the armed forces, is from the province of Hama, a centre of unrest in the 16-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120718/syria-new-defense-minister-general-fahad-jassim-al-fr