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Top Syrian Rebel Leader Killed in Aerial Raid
   2015-12-26 19:35:49    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Chu Yiming

A file photo of Zahran Alloush, the head of Jaysh al Islam. [Photo: Xinhua]

The Syrian Army General Command has confirmed that a top rebel leader was killed in an aerial raid in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

"After a chain of monitoring operations and based on detailed intelligence information along with the cooperation of honourable citizens, the Syrian army has completed aerial strikes targetting terrorist groups and their headquarters in eastern Ghouta in the Damascus countryside. This has resulted in the killing of the terrorist Zahran Alloush, the head of Jaysh al Islam."

The statement added that 44-year-old Alloush was killed along with a large number of other militant leaders.

The military said the war on terrorist groups in Syria would continue, urging armed men to lay down their weapons.

Alloush, an active Syrian rebel leader, was the commander of Jaysh al-Islam, a main rebel group responsible for daily mortar attacks against civilian areas inside Damascus.

Analysts believe that Alloush's death has dealt a strong blow to the rebel groups operating in the areas surrounding the Syrian capital.

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