DAMASCUS, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday received Chief of General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces, Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub.
President al-Assad provided Gen. Ayyoub with his directives, wishing him success in his duties.
The President particularly focused in his directives to the new Chief of the General Staff on that the armed forces continue chasing down the terrorists and preserving the security of the citizens and protecting them against terrorist acts.
Gen. Ayyoub assumed the position of the Chief of the General Staff succeeding Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij, who had already been appointed as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Minister of Defense.
President al-Assad last Thursday received Gen. al-Freij, provided him with his directives and wished him success while assuming his responsibilities.
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