Syria state TV says “terrorists” kill Syrian air force general

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Syrian state television said that an air force general was assassinated in a Damascus suburb, the latest in a string of attacks on high-level figures from President Bashar al-Assad’s administration.

“Terrorists assassinated General Abdullah Mahmoud Al-Khalidi in Rukn al-Din,” state TV said in a news flash without giving details. Rebels fighting to overthrow Assad have targeted top military and political figures. In July, a bomb killed the defense minister and Assad’s brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, Reuters reports.