Fahd Jassem al-Freij

Fahd Jassem al-Freij (Arabic: فهد جاسم الفريج)[1] (born 17 January 1950) is the former[2] Minister of Defense of Syria, taking office on 18 July 2012.

Fahd Jassem al-Freij
Deputy Prime Minister of Syria
Assumed office
23 June 2012
Prime MinisterRiyad Farid Hijab
Wael Nader al-Halqi
Imad Khamis
Preceded byAbdullah al-Dardari
Minister of Defense
In office
18 July 2012  1 January 2018
Prime MinisterRiyad Farid Hijab
Wael Nader al-Halqi
Imad Khamis
Preceded byDawoud Rajiha
Succeeded byAli Abdullah Ayyoub
Chief of the General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces
In office
8 August 2011  18 July 2012
PresidentBashar al-Assad
Defense MinisterDawoud Rajiha
Preceded byDawoud Rajiha
Succeeded byAli Abdullah Ayyoub
Personal details
Born (1950-01-17) 17 January 1950
Rahjan, Syria
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Military service
Allegiance Syria
Branch/serviceSyrian Arab Army
Years of service1971–Present
Rank Colonel General
UnitArmoured Corps
CommandsSpecial Forces Operations Staff

Early life and education

Freij was born in Rahjan in a Sunni Arab tribe on 17 January 1950. He joined the Syrian Arab Army in 1968, and graduated as an armoured corps lieutenant from the Homs Military Academy in 1971.

Freij attended different courses and a higher military education:

  • Bachelor in Military Sciences, Armoured Officer, Homs Military Academy, in 1971,
  • Staff Course,
  • Airborne paratroops course,
  • General Command and Staff Course,
  • Higher Staff Course (War Course).

Career

On 8 August 2011, Freij was appointed Chief of Staff of the Syrian Arab Army during the Syrian civil war. In December 2011, defected Syrian Army officers reported that prior to his appointment of Chief of Staff, al-Freij commanded the Syrian Army Special Forces in the regions of Daraa, Idlib and Hama during the Syrian uprising.

However, on 18 July 2012, after Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha was assassinated in the 2012 Damascus bombing, Freij was appointed by Bashar al-Assad to succeed Rajiha.[1] He was also named as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces.[3]

On 1 January 2018, Lieutenant General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub was the successor of al-Freij as Minister of Defense.[2]

References

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