BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – A leading commander in the Syrian Arab Army who was responsible for military intelligence in the Deir Ezzor region has been killed in an ambush carried out by Islamic State forces.
On Saturday (likely in the afternoon), Syrian Army Brigadier General Jamal Razuk was killed in east Syria by Islamic State militants who ambushed (so reports say) his vehicle somewhere along the highway running from Deir Ezzor city to Palmyra.
Initial reports stated that the Syrian Amy general was killed in a traffic accident; however, not long after these reports, ISIS took credit for his death via the pro-Islamic State media outlet Amaq.
Brigadier General Razuk was the chief of military intelligence for the Syrian Army in the Deir Ezzor region.
The ambush that killed him likely originated from a vast section of ISIS-held desert countryside (several thousand square kilometers in size) just south of the highway running from Palmyra to Deir Ezzor.