Report: Syrian Defense Minister Was Fired For Opposing An Assault On Hama

Earlier this week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad replaced the country’s defense minster, Gen. Ali Habib. As ThinkProgress reported on Monday, Syrian opposition leaders said that Habib could’ve played a meaningful role in helping transition the country to democracy. Now, a report in the Arabic paper Asharq Al-Awsat claims that the reason Habib was fired was because he opposed the military’s assault on Hama, which is a major hub of the uprising. The paper says that Western diplomatic sources said Habib “strongly opposed the military campaign in the city of Hama and his opposition delayed the army from taking this step several times.”