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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The prominent Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officer, Major General Issam Zahreddine, was killed today in Deir Ezzor after his convoy struck a land mine planted by the Islamic State (ISIS).

According to a military source, General Zahreddine was conducting a special operation at Saqr Island in Deir Ezzor, when his vehicle struck the land mine.

General Zahreddine was the commander of the elite 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard that heroically fought off the Islamic State (ISIS) for several years, while under siege and under supplied.

The General was born in rural Sweida village of Tarba and was 56 years old at the time of his death.

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Ray
Ray
2017-10-18 13:26

RIP The Syrian Hero…

truthslayer
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2017-10-18 14:33
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From the UK rest in peace…Many men will die but only few will be called a Hero..Syria will never forget your devotion and the sacrifice you made for freedom :'(

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Stern Daler
2017-10-18 20:16
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The best die too early. RIP.

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TheObserver
2017-10-18 16:22
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Likewise, here from Australia. Syria avoided the fate of Libya owing to people like him.

Alva
Alva
2017-10-18 19:16
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From Portugal a Salute to Major General Issam Zaeheredine the Great that embodies the soul of Syrian will !

Syria Forever
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Syria Forever
2017-10-18 13:45

That hurts.. really it does. RIP old friend…

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Cyriak Papasissis
2017-10-18 13:56

RIP real Hero, real Lion, kept the spirit of steadfastness alive and inspired his fighters and the population of the city to resist , always confident that in the end victory will be theirs. Very tragic that he died heroically at the very end , but after having sensed the aroma of victory. His personal triumph . In that sense he would have felt vindicated.

giulio larosa
giulio larosa
2017-10-18 13:55

NOOOO! noooo! What a big tragedy, I am too sad! Glory to the hero, the mad Druze!

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2017-10-18 15:01

Major General Issam Zahreddine will be recorded in the annals of history as a man of great courage and fortitude. He is a tremendous loss to mankind and may he Rest In Peace with the knowledge that victory is in plain sight now.

We will remember him.

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James Robertson
2017-10-18 16:26
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Thanks for that, I think you expressed it perfectly.

Gonçalo Pena
Gonçalo Pena
2017-10-18 13:58

Rest in peace. From Lisbon

Kalikst
Kalikst
2017-10-18 14:05

A real hero. RIP.

Vladimir Djekic
Vladimir Djekic
2017-10-18 15:15

With great interest I closely followed ongoings in Syrian war but never put commentary. This time i must say that I am very sad by this news. But when I think in deeper sense I realize that this brave man is immortalized by his very death. Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine is the archetypal icon of the warrior. His bravery, commitment and greatness will be echoed throughout history. Salute from Serbia.

Toskbro
Toskbro
2017-10-18 18:05

As an Albanian, I agree completely. RIP Issam

viva Siria
viva Siria
2017-10-18 20:14
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Desde Argentina. Solamente expresar tristeza por la muerte de un gran heroe de la gesta siria. Desaparece físicamente pero su ejemplo perdurará por todas las generaciones de sirios que aman su patria y está como él dispuestos a entregar su vida para defenderla.

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2017-10-18 14:30

From the UK rest in peace…Many men will die but only few will be called a Hero..Syria will never forget your devotion and the sacrifice you made for freedom :'(

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hestroy
2017-10-18 14:49

Bad luck! I’m really sorry for this tragedy. The war is nearly over.

Matt
Matt
2017-10-18 15:17

Ufff, deeply hard to accept it.
He was a real hero. Im destroyed with the news. You can be proud of yourself and your men. Rest warrior.

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Divi
2017-10-18 13:49

A great loss not only to Syria but to all those who are by the side of civilization. He was iconic general. RIP. I am really sad

Czech follower
Czech follower
2017-10-18 15:55

I still can’t believe it. He was invincible during all the siege, against all odds, all those times on the frontlines. In depths of my childish soul I believed Heroes like him simply cannot die. It’s a tragedy as if my close friend passed away. Despite I’ve never been in Syria and I am thousands miles away, I was deeply affected by stories of war against Syria, especially about fate and suffering of Deir Ezzor people. This hero was a symbol of resistance of civilization against Western-created world of barbarianism. Symbol of truth against deception and lies, substance against shallowness,… Read more »

Ostrava, Czech republic
Ostrava, Czech republic
2017-10-18 19:15
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Rest in peace, hero. We honour you forever.

peter
peter
2017-10-18 20:13
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like i said ,he was assasinated by the americans like the russian general by giving intelligence to isis

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Lilian
2017-10-18 14:35

A true hero of Deir Ezzor, very sad news

Adrian
Adrian
2017-10-18 14:44

A true hero, R.I.P.

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John Marks
2017-10-18 16:07

This is a real tragedy.
Zahreddine embodied the spirit of freedom that will save all of us from the barbarian, fanatical Sharia Law.
We in the European Union little understand how much we owe this man for his stalwart defence of our most cherished freedoms.

Arena
Arena
2017-10-18 14:56

Otisao je jedan od najvecih heroja i stratega u sirijskom ratu. General koji je rame uz rame sa obicnim vojnicima bio u prvim redovima i bio primer drugima. Njegovo ime i delo bice zlatnim slovima upisano u istoriju krvave borbe za slobodu sirijskog naroda. Neka mu je vecna slava!!!

Vladimir Djekic
Vladimir Djekic
2017-10-18 15:57
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To je bio odlazak u vecnost!

104-ta
104-ta
2017-10-18 19:51
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Večna ti slava Generale Brko…

ΚΓΨ
ΚΓΨ
2017-10-18 16:15

Rest In Peace.From Athens.

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Warhawk
2017-10-18 16:17
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A true hero. You be remembered always!!! R.I.P.

spalato
spalato
2017-10-18 16:54

Rest in peace Hero Issam . From Croatia

Ali
Ali
2017-10-18 14:50

RIP you brave hero. This is a complete shock to me. Kill every last Zionist Israeli backed ISIS cockroach.

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James Graham
2017-10-18 15:59

Sorry to hear about the General.

koni
koni
2017-10-18 16:16

Why now? He survived the siege. This surely is a moral blowback for the SAA and for me as well. But his sacrifice will be not forgotten nor was it for nothing. The liberator of Homs and the Syrian version of the desert fox died today but his commitments are the foundation of the soon coming complete victory. R.I.P Major General and thank you for trying to rescue humanity by killing bigotic vultures.

peter
peter
2017-10-18 20:16
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why now ,because the americans had sof in the area to give intel to their isis

Rawad Makarem
Rawad Makarem
2017-10-18 16:01

Farewell to the hero

Paprikka
Paprikka
2017-10-18 17:18
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Rest in peace, Great man of Syria.
Salute from Serbia.

Juha
Juha
2017-10-18 16:36

From Finland rest in peace Syrian hero!

Morten Filipsen
Morten Filipsen
2017-10-18 17:31

Rest in Peace, protector of Deir Ezzor.
from Denmark

peter
peter
2017-10-18 19:54

heads up guys,this was no random attack ,after fighting for 3 years on the frontline he wasnt killed but then the Americans came to deir essor and a lot of high ranking soldiers started to get killed,this was a targeted assasination by the americans/israelis using Isis ,the gave them his location real time,like they said “we know where you are”to the russians .its obvious !

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Aresxtreme
2017-10-18 16:33

RIP HERO

Fiqi walaal
Fiqi walaal
2017-10-18 18:24

Inaa liliahi wa ina ilayhi rajiun rest in peace my friend. Gen issam was not just syrian hero he was the face of resistance against the evil axis. I hope syria doesnt lose the momentum. I hope we had such a person in my country somalia who doesnt give up easly.

Rip hero

Bulgarian Christian
Bulgarian Christian
2017-10-18 18:46

Today is a sad day! One of Syria’s true sons is no more. He died like he lived – on the battlefield. Rest In Peace great hero!

Ruth Gudluza - SouthAfrica
Ruth Gudluza - SouthAfrica
2017-10-18 14:01

This is sad. NO!

Panos
Panos
2017-10-18 19:22

Great loss, still can not believe that happened after so many difficult situations. Brave man ! You will be missed General

Malkiel
Malkiel
2017-10-18 20:29

Heroes often die prematurely because they are not afraid to risk life for another. Therefore, the heroes are immortal in the souls and hearts of people.
R.I.P. General Issam Zahreddine. Your life was not long, but it was very useful.

no axe to grind love mankind
no axe to grind love mankind
2017-10-18 20:40

I am left speechless. He was an hands on general. I always was impressed seeing him behind the barricades and in the trenches gun in hand ready to fight off ISIS. How many Generals are like that ? I think very few. Although there are those who will criticise him in opposition I say he was principled and proud and no traitor to his people

Daniel H.
Daniel H.
2017-10-18 21:41

I’m immensely saddened by the loss of this brave man and brilliant leader of men. Syria has desperate need for men like him. He sacrificed his life, along untold thousands of other Syrians for love of freedom and country!
I’m heartened to see so many first-time posters (like myself) come out and pay him homage.

We salute you, Gen. Zahreddine!

geoff
geoff
2017-10-18 17:29

Man on fire! great general, with courage and fortitude defended Dier Ezzor from those vermins. Real Lion. RIP Hero

Romania follower
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2017-10-18 17:46
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RIP – you will be remembered!

CarthagianEagle
CarthagianEagle
2017-10-18 18:34

I m literally speechless, RIP General Issam Zahreddine.

Deo Cass
Deo Cass
2017-10-18 21:11

Struck an ISIS mine my foot! Why don’t they tell the people the truth? IT WAS A US AIR STRIKE THAT KILLED HIM AS IT WAS A US AIR STRIKE THAT KILLED RUSSIAN LIEUTENANT-GENERAL VALERY ASPAROV IN SEPTEMBER.

peter
peter
2017-10-18 21:38
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us aerial recon intel given to Isis for sure,tracking his movements just like the russian general

Atilla
Atilla
2017-10-18 19:40

I am really sad :(…He was a real hero! His memory will live forever !!Rest in peace. From Hungary

MikhailRussia
MikhailRussia
2017-10-18 19:46

The war’s over for you. RIP, hero.

War & Peace
War & Peace
2017-10-18 20:39

It is so sad to rear this shocking news. Such a great warrior, at the age of 56 when most of the others were in safer zones, he was always leading from the front and was available with his troops right in the middle of the battle and always in danger zone like a true warrior. He fought back the siege. I always believed people like him will live forever. I am sure he will live forever in the history of Syria. Extremely Sad to hear that the General’s convoy hit a land mine. He gave so much for Syria… Read more »

Georg
Georg
2017-10-18 20:41

Great man, many thanks. You did so much good to the world and fought for our freedom. R.I.P
A Salute from Germany

Ricardo
Ricardo
2017-10-18 20:04

A great loss for Syrian people, RIP.

Antioch
Antioch
2017-10-18 20:26

Rest in peace, you freaking hero. The Civillians, brothers and sisters of Deirezzor, All of Syria, and beyond thank you with all their hearts.

We will destroy the Daesh… They will pay for what they’ve did.

We will avenge you… by liberating every inch of Syria. Every Daesh militant will be killed. The one placing the mine will pay…

George
George
2017-10-18 15:53

Is this true and confirmed news?

no axe to grind love mankind
no axe to grind love mankind
2017-10-18 19:53
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I think this man is the hero of the syrian civil war. He deserve remembering and should have been premier should assad have gone. God bless

niepowtarzalny62
niepowtarzalny62
2017-10-18 21:02

Wielki szacunek dla tego bohaterskiego dowódcy! Zawsze byl na pierwszej linii z prostymi żołnierzami.To amerykanie są pośrednio odpowiedzialni za jego śmierć!

tonto
tonto
2017-10-18 21:09

Aww man, another good-guy lost. Go SAA.