Top Syrian rebel killed in airstrike near Damascus

December 26, 2015 7:13 AM

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Top Syrian rebel killed in airstrike near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — One month before peace talks are scheduled to begin between the Syrian government and opposition rebel groups, a Syrian airstrike killed a top rebel commander in the outskirts Damascus, according to activist groups and the Syrian government.

Zahran Allouch, the founder of the Saudi-backed Army of Islam rebel faction, was killed Friday by an airstrike on a meeting of rebel commanders near the Damascus suburb of Otaya, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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