Skip to comments.Rebels Kill Top Syrian Intelligence Officer
Posted on 10/17/2013 9:35:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Syrian rebels have killed a top intelligence officer in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, Syrian state media said on Thursday, according to AFP...
Jamaa was head of military intelligence in the province, where the regime has been battling armed opposition fighters seeking to overthrow President Bashar Al-Assad.
State media gave no immediate details on where in the province Jamaa was killed or how, but jihadist forums said he died during clashes with jihadist fighters in the city of Deir Ezzor.
Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights NGO, said initial reports suggested Jamaa had been shot by a sniper in the Rashdiya district of Deir Ezzor city, but there was no confirmation.
The group also reported fierce fighting between regime troops and rebels in several parts of the province, including the city, which is the largest in eastern Syria.
Jamaa was one of Syria's top security officers in Lebanon during Damascus's military deployment in the country between 1976 and 2005.
He was interrogated over the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri though he was not charged in connection with his death.
In 2006, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it was blacklisting him and another Syrian general for their role in supporting "terrorist groups" and over the presence in Lebanon.
He is believed to be from Jableh, a town in coastal Latakia province, a stronghold of the Syrian regime.
On Wednesday, Syrian rebels assaulted the regime-controlled central prison in the main northern city of Aleppo.
Abdel Rahman said the assault was carried out primarily by rebels from the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front and from another Islamist faction, Ahrar Al-Sham...
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>> Whats Syria?
I think some place Obama wanted to bomb a few weeks ago.
Oh yeah... was it something about a red line that he didn’t set?
That’s right, the red line. And something about hundreds of children killed in a chemical attack.
Hmmm, not all that intelligent after all.
Got it - it’s starting to come back. Those government shutdowns played havoc with my memory.
That makes at least two of us.