In blow to Hezbollah, senior commander killed Syria

May 13, 2016 10:18 AM

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BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia announced Friday that its top military commander in the Syrian civil war died in a mysterious blast in Damascus, dealing a major blow to the powerful Iranian-backed group.

The killing of Mustafa Badreddine, 55, comes as Hezbollah struggles to balance combatting its traditional nemesis, Israel, with its costly intervention in the Syrian conflict to bolster President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against rebel factions, including some groups backed by the United States and i...

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