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      Archive: 8/9/2011
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        8/9/2011, Av 9, 5771

      Ousted Syrian Defense Minister Murdered?


      A Syrian website reported, Tuesday morning, that former Syrian Defense Minister Ali Habib was found dead at his home. Opposition forces claim it was murder. There is no confirmation from other sources.

      President Bashar Al-Assad replaced the 72-year-old general from his Alawite Muslim sect on Monday with Army Chief of Staff Daoud Rajiha, a Greek Orthodox Christian.