Ali Abdullah Ayyoub
|Ali Abdullah Ayyoub|
|Chief of the General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces|
Assumed office |
18 July 2012
|Defense Minister||Fahd Jassem al-Freij|
|Preceded by||Fahd Jassem al-Freij|
|Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces|
Unknown – 18 July 2012
|Defense Minister||Dawoud Rajiha|
|Chief of Staff||Fahd Jassem al-Freij|
|Succeeded by||Bassam Najm el-Din Antakiali|
|Service/branch||Syrian Arab Army|
|Years of service||1972-present|
|Unit||14th Engineering Batallion|
Chief of Staff|
Deputy Chief of Staff
5th Armoured Division
112th Mechanized Brigade
Battle of Aleppo (2012–present)|
Rif Dimashq Governorate campaign
2014 Latakia offensive
Lt. General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub (Arabic: علي عبد الله أيوب) is a senior Syrian military commander and current Chief of the General Staff of the Syrian Arab Army. He was appointed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on 18 July 2012 during the Syrian civil war.
The appointment of Ayyoub as Chief of the General Staff was a result of Fahd Jassem al-Freij promotion to the post of Defense Minister and Deputy Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, in the wake of the 2012 Damascus bombing.
Ayyoub previously served as Deputy Chief of the General Staff, with responsibility for the co-ordination and movements of Syrian Army units during the Syrian civil war. As a result, he was seen as a logistical key during the early crackdown of protests.
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