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Syria`s Assad appoints new security officials

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 19:52

Damascus: A Syrian government official says President Bashar al-Assad has named five officials to top security posts in a reshuffle of the regime`s inner circle.

One of today`s appointments replaces Assad`s national security chief, who died last week after being wounded in a rebel bombing that also killed three other officials.

The new appointees are known regime figures, making it unlikely that the reshuffle will alter the government`s efforts to defeat anti-Assad rebels.

Rebel groups are battling the government across Syria as the country`s 16-month crisis grows increasingly violent and chaotic.

Last week`s bomb attack struck a sharp blow to the regime`s top brass, though government troops have now largely routed rebel forces fighting in the capital.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss security matters.


First Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 19:52
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