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        8/8/2011, Av 8, 5771

      Assad Appoints New Defense Minister


      Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Monday appointed a new defense minister. Assad's chief of staff, general Daoud Rajha, will replace Ali Habib. Syrian television reported.

      The EU has imposed sanctions on Habib for his role in putting down protests aimed at unseating Assad.