Syria General Blamed for 2012 Journalist Deaths Dies in Blast


A Syrian general accused over the 2012 deaths of prominent U.S. journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik has been killed by an explosion in the east of the war-torn country.

Issam Zahreddine's death in the city of Deir Ezzor, where Russian-backed regime forces are battling the Islamic State group, was reported by pro-regime media in Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said he was killed Wednesday when an explosive device went off in Deir Ezzor city, most of which is now under the control of regime forces.

With his handlebar mustache and bushy gray beard, the 56-year-old general was a recognizable figure in Syria and had a cult following among diehard supporters of the regime.

Involved in the early days of the repression of a 2011 revolt against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, he led the battle that expelled rebels from Syria's third city of Homs five years ago.

In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. in 2016, Colvin's family alleged that her death was the result of shelling of the media center where she and Ochlik were, in a plan "formulated at the highest levels of the Syrian government."

"The plan was executed by Syrian military forces under the command of Major General Issam Zahreddine of the Syrian Republican Guard," it alleged.

Zahreddine had recently commanded the 7,000 forces that were besieged by IS in Deir Ezzor until more government troops were sent in and broke the jihadists' stranglehold on the city.

Originally from the southern province of Suweida, Zahreddine was one of the highest-ranking army officers from Syria's Druze minority.

Comments 9
Thumb janoubi 19 October 2017, 21:52

Good Riddance

Missing 20 October 2017, 07:09

He was liquidated by the regime.

Thumb smarty 20 October 2017, 12:47

For sure

Thumb janoubi 19 October 2017, 22:30

DNA - 19/10/2017 محور إيران: كلنا عصام زهر الدين

Thumb liberty 20 October 2017, 05:58

Rot in Hell

Thumb justin 20 October 2017, 09:56

زهر الدين قُتل برصاصة في الرأس بعد رفضه حضور إجتماع أمني

Missing humble 20 October 2017, 10:15

Those who take the sword will perish by the sword.

Missing humble 20 October 2017, 10:17

Of course he is in Hell. Where else?
Satan is rejoycing to receive evil souls.

Default-user-icon Nilirh (Guest) 20 October 2017, 10:32

Hope his grand master will follow him in hell soon