Legendary Syrian General Issam Zahreddin, more than three years who led the defense of Deir-ZZ-Zor, had stepped on an improvised explosive device.
The car in which there was a General Zahreddin hit a mine near the island of Saker, who is in the bed of the river Euphrates in the East of Deir ez-Zor.
The General, after the start of the Syrian war, supported President Bashar al-Assad. First, he commanded the elite units of the Republican guard in Damascus, and then was preposed in Deir ez-Zor, to organize the defense of the city.
– To him belongs much of the credit that the city has resisted that Syrian for more than three years fought in the environment, not even thinking to give up. It says that the soldiers ‘ morale was at altitude and it’s also the merit of Zahreddine, – said the Director of the Centre for strategic conjuncture Ivan Konovalov.
According to him, Zahreddin is the real hero of this war, but his death will not lead to the dire situation in the Syrian army.
– Given the fact that Russian military experts had helped to reform the Syrian army has established a good structure, the death of one man is certainly a very talented and charismatic will not be able to influence further military actions, – says Konovalov. – Because the Syrian army created by the frame, built a good system that can be controlled. Let’s hope that among the Syrian generals there is someone who will be able to replace Zahreddine.
According to the source of the “MK” in Syria, General Zahreddin possessed indomitable character. So, after the start of the civil war he went against his community, his family. Zahreddin – a native of the town of as-Suwayda district of Jabal Druz. The General was one of the senior members of the Druze community in Syria. Syrian Druze did not support President Bashar al-Assad and during the war maintained neutrality. After Zahreddin sided with government forces, in the community, he was criticized and even declared “worthy of death”. The conflict managed to be hushed up, and soon after the blockade of Deir ez-Zor, the General came to vacation in es Suweida to see relatives. It was their last meeting.