Syrian government appoints new defense minister

BEIRUT - Syria appointed General Fahad Jassim al-Freij as defense 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 center of unrest in the 16-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad.
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