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State TV: Top Syrian army general killed in battle

BEIRUT, Lebanon — 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 Thursday.

The fighting came amid a new push to hold an elusive peace conference for Syria's civil war, with the government proposing the talks start late next month.

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.

The report did not say when or how Jameh was killed, only that he died "while he was carrying out his mission in defending Syria and its people."

State TV: Top Syrian army general killed in battle 10/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:19pm]

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