Ali Habib Mahmud is confirmed dead at the age of 81.
Ali was best known as a Syrian military officer.
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RT @AlbinSzakola: Ali Habib Mahmud, a long-time Syrian regime insider who served as defense minister from 2009 to August 2011, report…
RT @AlbinSzakola: Ali Habib Mahmud, a long-time Syrian regime insider who served as defense minister from 2009 to August 2011, report…
RT @AlbinSzakola: Ali Habib Mahmud, a long-time Syrian regime insider who served as defense minister from 2009 to August 2011, report…
Ali Habib Mahmud, a long-time Syrian regime insider who served as defense minister from 2009 to August 2011, report…
Ali Habib Mahmud
علي حبيب محمود
Minister of Defense
In office
3 June 2009 – 8 August 2011
PresidentBashar al-Assad
Prime MinisterMohammad Najji Outri
Adel Safar
Preceded byHasan Turkmani
Succeeded byDawoud Rajiha
Chief of Staff of the Syrian Army
In office
3 June 2004 – 3 June 2009
PresidentBashar al-Assad
Preceded byHasan Turkmani
Succeeded byDawoud Rajiha
Personal details
Born1 January 1939
Tartus, Syria
Died20 March 2020 (aged 81)
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Military service
AllegianceArmy of Syria
Years of service1959–2011
RankSyria-Feriq Awal.jpg Colonel General
Commands7th Mechanized Division
Battles/warsYom Kippur War
Lebanese Civil War
Gulf War
Ali Habib Mahmud (Arabic: علي حبيب محمود‎) (born 1 January 1939-20 March 2020) is a Syrian military officer who served as Syria's minister of defense from June 2009 to August 2011. As one of Syria's most celebrated generals, he has been part of Assad's inner circle.
Contents
1 Early life and education
2 Career
2.1 Sanctions
3 References
Early life and education
Mahmud was born into an Alawite family on 1 January 1939 in Tartus and joined the army in 1959. In 1962, he graduated from the military academy.
Career
Mahmud fought in the 1973 October War against Israel. He also led forces against Israeli troops invading Lebanon in 1982. He commanded 7th mechanized infantry in 1985. In 1986, Mahmud became a general. He also participated in the Gulf War as part of the international coalition to liberate Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 1990. In 1994, he was appointed commander of the special forces. In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of major general. He was appointed deputy chief of staff in 2002. On 12 May 2004, he was appointed chief of general staff of the Syrian army and the armed forces. He replaced Hasan Turkmani, who was appointed defense minister. In addition, Mahmud is a member of the Baath Party.
On 3 June 2009, President Bashar Assad appointed Mahmud as defense minister, replacing again Hasan Turkmani. Mahmud's term ended on 8 August 2011, and he was replaced by Dawoud Rajha in the post.
On 4 September 2013, the opposition falsely claimed that Mahmud had defected and escaped to Turkey. He has in fact remained in Syria.
Sanctions
In May 2011, the United States accused Habib of human rights abuses, and announced a travel ban and asset freeze.
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