Military chief killed in clashes
Lieutenant General Hussein Ishaq died yesterday as rebels attacked a Syrian air defence base near the town of Mleiha, a government official said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed Ishaq's death.
Heavy fighting has happened around Mleiha in recent weeks. Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have conducted a heavy bombing campaign around the area, which rebels see as strategically important due to its proximity to the capital.
Ishaq is one of a few high-ranking military officers to be killed in the Syrian war. It is unclear if his death will have any wider strategic or military impact on the war itself.