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Assad swears in new Syrian defense minister

SANA via Reuters

General Fahad Jassim al-Freij, left, is sworn in as Defense Minister by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Thursday, July 19. Syria's state TV said on Thursday new Defense Minister General al-Freij took his oath of office in front of President al-Assad, who has not appeared in public since a bomb attack killed three of his top security officials.

After losing his previous defense minister to an attack on Wednesday, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad swore in General Fahad Jassim al-Freij as his new defense minister on Thursday, according to Reuters. The recent ceremony closely resembles the swearing-in of the previous defense minister, Dawoud Rajha, who held the post for little over a year.

Sana via Reuters, file

Daoud Rajha is sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, in Damascus on October 9, 2011. Rajha was killed by a bomb which exploded during a meeting of ministers and security officials at a national security building in Damascus on July 18, 2012, state television said.

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