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Russian general killed fighting Daesh in Syria

Advisor to government troops killed by shelling in Deir Ezzor

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Syrian pro-government forces flash the V-sign from the side of a road on the outskirts of Deir Ezzor on September 24, 2017, as government forces continue to press forward with Russian air cover in the offensive against Daesh across the province.

Moscow: A Russian general was killed while battling Daesh militants near the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, Moscow’s defence ministry said Sunday.

“Division general Valeri Assapov was killed when a shell exploded during shelling by [Daesh] fighters,” the ministry was quoted as saying by local media, adding that the officer was serving as an advisor to Syrian government troops.

The ministry said Assapov would be posthumously decorated for his service.

Deir Ezzor province, on Syria’s eastern border with Iraq, is rich with oil and gas fields that served as a key revenue stream for Daesh at the peak of its power.

Russia intervened in support of the Damascus government in September 2015 and has been assisting regime forces in an assault on Deir Ezzor from the west.