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  7/19/2012, Tammuz 29, 5772

Assad Photgraphed in Damascus

Syria's state television broadcast pictures of President Bashar Al-Assad Thursday, showing him at a ceremony where he swore in new Defense Minister Fahad Jassem Al-Freij, who succeeded Daoud Rajah, who died in a bombing by anti-government forces, Wednesday in the Syrian capital. The pictures contradict reports that Al-Assad had fled Damascus in the wake of the attack.

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