Report: Freshly-sacked Syrian defense minister found dead

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August 9, 2011 11:59

 
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A Syrian opposition website reported that recently sacked Syrian Defense Minister Ali Habib was found dead in his home Tuesday morning. Syrian television, according to the "New Syria" website, said that the former minister died of natural causes.

Syrian President Bashar Assad fired Habib on Monday and replaced him with Chief of Staff Gen. Dawoud Rajha. Habib was added to an EU sanctions list last week for his role in crushing protests, but state news attributed the dismissal to supposed ill health.

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