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.SANA via Reuters
By Jonathan Sanger
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.