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Insurgents kill top general

FILE - Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil speaks during an interview with Associated press, in Cairo, Egypt, in this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 file photo.  An international conference on a political solution to the Syrian conflict could take place Nov. 23-24, Syria's deputy prime minister said Thursday Oct. 17, 2013 _ the first mention of possible dates for the long-delayed gathering. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

FILE - Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil speaks during an interview with Associated press, in Cairo, Egypt, in this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 file photo. An international conference on a political solution to the Syrian conflict could take place Nov. 23-24, Syria's deputy prime minister said Thursday Oct. 17, 2013 _ the first mention of possible dates for the long-delayed gathering. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

One of Syria’s most powerful military officers was killed in fighting with al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists in an oil-rich eastern province largely controlled by the rebels, Syrian state-run television said yesterday.

Maj. Gen. Jameh Jameh was killed in the provincial capital of Deir el-Zour, where he was the head of military intelligence, state-run TV said.

He was the most senior military officer to be killed in more than a year.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Jameh was killed by a sniper during clashes with rebels, including members of al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra or Nusra Front. Jameh’s cousin, Haitham Jameh, told Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV that the general was killed by a bomb as he led his troops in an operation in Deir el-Zour.

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