Ali Abdullah Ayyoub

Ali Abdullah Ayyoub
Chief of the General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces
Assumed office
18 July 2012
President Bashar al-Assad
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
In office
Unknown  18 July 2012
Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha
Chief of Staff Fahd Jassem al-Freij
Succeeded by Bassam Najm el-Din Antakiali
Personal details
Religion Alawite
Military service
Allegiance  Syria
Service/branch Syrian Arab Army
Years of service 1972-present
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit 14th Engineering Batallion
Commands Chief of Staff
Deputy Chief of Staff
5th Armoured Division
112th Mechanized Brigade
Battles/wars 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.[1]

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.[2]

Ayyoub is actively involved in government efforts to retake and re-assert army control in the rebel-held areas of Damascus and Aleppo.[3]


  1. Syria Live Blog (22 July 2012). "President Assad meets new chief of staff.". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  2. Julian Borger, and Peter Beaumont (24 February 2012). "Syrian regime accused of crimes against humanity by UN". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  3. "Fresh clashes rock Damascus". World. NINEOCLOCK. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
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