Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets General Fahad Jassim al-Freij (R), after his swearing-in as Defence Minister in Damascus, in this handout photo distributed by Syrian News Agency (SANA) July 19,... more 
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets General Fahad Jassim al-Freij (R), after his swearing-in as Defence Minister in Damascus, in this handout photo distributed by Syrian News Agency (SANA) July 19, 2012. Syria's state TV said on Thursday new Defence Minister General al-Freij took his oath of office in front of President Bashar al-Assad, who has not appeared in public since a bomb attack killed three of his top security officials. REUTERS/SANA/Handout less 
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Thu, Jul 19, 2012 12:00 PM EDT