Syrian rebel group names successor to commander killed in airstrike

December 26, 2015 11:06 AM

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Syrian rebel group names successor to commander killed in airstrike

BEIRUT – A Syrian insurgent group whose commander was assassinated by an airstrike near the Syrian capital has appointed a successor, vowing to continue fighting both the Syrian government and the Islamic State group.

The Army of Islam said it has appointed Essam al-Buwaydhani, a field commander known as Abu Hammam, as the new leader of the group. He replaces Zahran Allouch, who was killed in the airstrike that targeted a meeting of rebel commanders in a Damascus suburb.

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