Ali Abdullah Ayyoub

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Ali Abdullah Ayyoub
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Ali Abdullah Ayyoub in December 2017
Minister of Defense
Assumed office
1 January 2018
Prime MinisterImad Khamis
Preceded byFahd Jassem al-Freij
Chief of the General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces
In office
18 July 2012 – 1 January 2018
PresidentBashar al-Assad
Defense MinisterFahd Jassem al-Freij
Preceded byFahd Jassem al-Freij
Succeeded byTBD
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces
In office
Unknown – 18 July 2012
Defense MinisterDawoud Rajiha
Chief of StaffFahd Jassem al-Freij
Succeeded byBassam Najm el-Din Antakiali
Personal details
Born (1952-04-28) April 28, 1952 (age 67)
Latakia, Syria
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Military service
Allegiance Syria
Branch/serviceSyrian Arab Army
Years of service1972–present
Unit14th Engineering Battalion
CommandsChief of Staff
Deputy Chief of Staff
5th Armoured Division
112th Mechanized Brigade
Battles/warsBattle of Aleppo (2012–present)
Rif Dimashq Governorate campaign
2014 Latakia offensive

General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub (Arabic: علي عبد الله أيوب‎) (born 28 April 1952 in Latakia)[1] is a Syrian politician, senior Syrian Arab Army officer and current Minister of Defense. He was appointed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on 1 January 2018. [2]

General Ayyoub has a long experience in commanding of manoeuvre formations, and also recognized as specialist of land warfare.


  • Bachelor in Military Sciences, Armoured Branch, Military Academy, Homs, 01/11/1973
  • Company Commander Course
  • Battalion Commander Course
  • Command and Staff Course
  • Higher Staff Course (War Course)

Functions and main responsibilities[edit]

  • Former commander of differents Armoured Brigades of Syrian Land Forces and Syrian Republican Guard
  • Former commander of the 4th Armoured Division
  • Former commander of the First Army Corps (regrouping the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 7th Divisions), Damascus
  • Former Chief of Staff of the Arab Syrian Arab Army between 12/07/2012 and 31/12/2017


  1. ^ "العماد علي عبد الله أيوب". mod.gov.sy (in Arabic). 16 November 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Reuters (1 January 2018). "Syria's Assad names new defense and other ministers: state TV". Reuters. Retrieved 1 January 2018.