Assad appoints Syria’s Chief of General Staff as new defense minister (pictures)

Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree on Monday appointing Chief of the General Staff of the Syrian Arab Army Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub as the country’s new defense minister.

Moreover, Mohamed Mazen Ali Yousef was appointed as the new minister of industry, while Imad Abdullah Sarah — as the minister of information, the Sana news agency reported.

Ayoub has replaced Fahd Jassem al-Freij who had been the defense minister for some five years. The new information minister used to be a chief of the state radio and television.

The reshuffle comes after a series of crucial victories over Daesh in Syria that has been liberated from terrorists almost in full.