Brig Gen Issam Zahreddine, Hero Of Deir Ezzor Siege, Killed In Clashes With ISIS

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Brig Gen Issam Zahreddine, Hero Of Deir Ezzor Siege, Killed In Clashes With ISIS

FILE IMAGE: Brig Gen Issam Zahreddine

Brig Gen Issam Zahreddine has been killed in an IED explosion during the ongoing operation against ISIS in Saqr Island norheast of Deir Ezzor city, the National Defense Forces (NDF) media wing reported on October 18.

If confirmed, this will be a notable blow to the entire government forces leadership involved in the operation in the Deir Ezzor countryside.

Brig Gen Zahreddine is a hero of the battle for Deir Ezzor, that was leading government troops defending the city from ISIS terrorists over the past years. He’s a member of the Syrian Republican Guard.

SF will update this post as soon as more info appears on the issue.

UPDATE 1: The Hezbollah media wing in Syria also reports this.

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  • Zainab Ali

    RIP

  • Trustin Judeau

    Unfortunately it is true . Many pro goverment sources report it . Rest in peace General Issam . You and General Ali Khuzam defended DZ city both from ISIS and AQ and FSA . Heroes . For the people who dont know – Ali Khuzam was name of general who defended DZ city in the first years of the war .

    • Deo Cass

      Where? The Syrian Government official Sana News Agency didn’t say anything, nor Iranian Press TV, nor any Russia meia outlets including RT. Nothing, NADA! I know there was a US air strike where Brig Gen Issam Zahreddine was stationed, but nothing more except this news here and on Al Masdar.

  • Sadde

    Very sad news.
    Rest In Peace!

  • Wahid Algiers

    RIP Issam. Hopefully the road from Damascus to DE City will be named “Avenue of Brig. Gen. Issam Zahreddine”. That would be great. Condulences to his family, to his son, who stayed with him in DE City, to his grandson, who lost a one of the possibly greatest grand-fathers on earth.

    • Garga

      And to Syrians and resistance. RIP.

    • Tudor Miron

      That would be very good. His name should be immortalized by giving it to this road or something similarly important and simbolic.

    • Manuel Flores Escobar

      He as commander of 104 airborne brigade of RG saved thousands of people which would have been horribly executed by ISIS in case of DZ fall…

  • Solomon Krupacek

    wrong day :(

    Salut General, and R.I.P.

    • BMWA1

      Very good of you!

  • Greywolf

    R.I.P to the great general.

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    Bravo General Izam Bravo.You have fight a good fight.Sacrifice your life for the Sovereign Syrian people.Hot,Dusty,rainy, windy,cold, and Day’s of hunger was your friends during struggle for liberation of your countries town, cities and villages.Now go well brave freedom fighter.

    • Wahid Algiers

      Good and fair words for one great man of our times.

  • Lilian Turin

    A true Hero of Deir Ezzor, very sad news. Very fews in the western world are aware of these individuals who fights restlessly for their homeland.

    • John Marks

      Very few in the west are aware of how much they owe the likes of Zahreddine for defeating the barbarian, fanatical Sharia Law that threatened all of us.

    • Wahid Algiers

      I am one of the few.

    • Garga

      Sadly what they know about him is the Zionists’ and their mercenaries’ lies.
      He was accused of having a hand in the false-flag chemical attack on Khan-Sheykhun and sanctioned, despite the fact that in the last 3 years he didn’t leave DeZ.

      We know the truth and will spread it.

      • Turbofan

        Of all the lies surrounding Khan Sheykhun this one was the most shocking..

  • Tudor Miron

    Rest in Peace brave worrior. True hero of Surya. I’m sure that your Rodina will remember you.

    • John Whitehot

      I thought Russians used the world “Rodina” only for Russia.

      • Wahid Algiers

        So, since now it is used for Syria too :-).

      • Tudor Miron

        Direct translation of world Rodina is BornLand/Motherland. For Issam his Rodina is Surya – Land that gave him birth. For us Rodina is Russia. There are “smaller” Rodina – place where one was born which one remembers from his childhood and Rodina – Matushka Rossia. For some of us it is not just a land. That’s an idea that draws different nations and cultures together.

        • Nucu

          @ tudor you have a romanian name. why do you call russia your motherland?

          • Tudor Miron

            Because I’m Russian of Moldovan nationality, Born in 1970 in Soviet Union. Very small town Leovo near Chishinau. That is my “smaller” Motherland which till I turned 21 was a part of much bigger entity – Soviet Union which in its turn resembles Russian Empire. My father (a kid from ordinary farmer family) was learning well in school and studied in Uni in Moscow. He first worked in Tomsk (Siberia) and than in small city ~ 100km from Moscow (that’s very close in our terms). I was born in Moldova but since I was 1 month old I grew in Russia and each summer I would stay in Moldova with Grand parents till I was about 14yo. Russia is a multinational country, while it shrunk from Russian Empire boarders (after collapse of CCCP) it is still a huge country :) Russian Empire was different than western and eastern empires but that’s another story.

          • christianblood

            I pray that God keeps Moldova from the wolves!

          • Tudor Miron

            Moldova actually tasted the “democratic heaven” of EU and elected new president that vows for restoring close cooperation with Russia.

  • Jesus

    RIP courageous and brilliant general.

  • The Farney Fontenoy

    Horrible news, fighting these creeps for years only to be killed now, the troops need to react with anger to this murder, in war one needs to have an attitude of “you kill one of ours, we kill a thousand of yours”
    No sadness, no stopping, just cold, calculated annihilation of the enemy.

    • Wahid Algiers

      I hope the troops will act like this. Without any compromises and with Issam in their hearts. Every man, equal in which position, front or gear line, spec ops or supply unit, go for Issam. Fulfill his order and this order names “Rescue of homeland”.

  • Turbofan

    So sad..Rest in peace General..The effects of you heroism will be felt for a long long long time to come.

  • Gary Sellars

    RIP. Issam Zahreddine was a HERO of the first order. He will be sorely missed.

    Vengeance…. that is what is now required. Filthy Daesh goat-fuckers…. exterminate every last one of them.

    • John Whitehot

      vengeance is the jewish way to conflicts.

      the fallen will be honored in the most adequate way by conducting and winning the war without falling into provocations.

      the zionist look forward at the Syrian side losing its ethics and behave like barbarians, instead as the rightful defenders of the Syrian people.

      That will not happen – and moreover – mossadists and cia crooks in the country will get back inside coffins, if at all. It doesn’t matter if we’ll never know, it does matter that it happens

      • bcbingram

        John Whitehot, I agree.

      • Tudor Miron

        Very well said. General Issam Zahreddine was fighting to END bloodshed, not tp prolong it. Thiose that will keep fighting against people of Surya (no matter what they publicly claim) will be exterminated but that’s not the goal. Issam’s goal was Peace in Surya.
        Don’t get me wrong – barbaric zio slaves should get what they deserve. But we should not get down low to zio ideology to confront it. SAA is liberating its Motherland and so it should be.

  • Melotte 22

    Syrian hero.

  • christianblood

    Rest In Peace dear General! A true hero of the SAA, a true freedom
    fighter, a true defender of all humanity from the U$-backed, U$-created
    evil barbarity known as ISIS. May a thousand like Him rise up to defend
    Syria and indeed all of us from the U$ and Saudi-backed mass-murdering
    terrorists! VICTORY TO SAA AND ALLIES!

  • A very sad news :(
    Why?
    He should have retired after he defended Deir Ezzor from ISIS for several years.
    RIP hero!
    And thank you!

    • Thegr8rambino

      thats the sign of true patriotism and conviction, he still kept fighting for his country, no matter what

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    Sad news..ate least General Issam has seen how they have been defeated ISIS in Deir Ezzor…he was the guardian of DZ!

  • GRAHL

    True hero and inspiration.

  • Marinos Ricudis

    RIP Syrian hero.

  • Mase fah

    He is a hero of syrian people, he fought long and hard to not lose Der Ezzor city, the terrorist everything at him but he stsyed above them all for many years. He died happy knowing what he did was a great service to his people and fully knows others will carry on. Rest in peace brother.

  • SOF

    I was just watching General Zahreddine on the latest Anna News documentary on the events of September post-Deir Ezzor breaking of siege.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjuKSWvb0hY

    Then I came here to find where Maadan was in Syria when they mentioned the operation in that city, and this is the sad news I find. Unreal. Shaking my head.

    • Wahid Algiers

      On what item is it? On the SRG and Issam? If yes, where? Do you have the link?

      • SOF

        The General appears in this video at the first twenty minutes, about the operation just after the siege of Deir Ezzor was lifted to lift the siege of the airbase.

        • Wahid Algiers

          I understand, thank you very much. I want to keep the video to remember him.

          • SOF

            Try the 3 days to Deir Ezzor video by Anna News, he makes the best speech there including this line: ‘The Euphrates is a treasure these [Daesh] pigs can only dream about! We dedicate this victory to all who perished, the wounded and all the good people of Deir ez-Zor’ starting 25:00. Also the historic breaking of the 4-year long siege recorded on tank mounted camera:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb1M1wbEj0U&t=1500s

  • Alan Sheridan

    😱😱😱😱😱

  • Alan Sheridan

    No way this is so sad 😭

  • goingbrokes

    Goodbye warrior! You will be missed and remembered! A remarkable man, he kept the City of Deir Ezzor safe for the three long years of the siege. Thank God he saw it liberated with his own eyes. RIP Izzam.

  • hvaiallverden

    My last comment, how did an IED kill an General, huh, I dont believe this “story” for an split second, He was assassinated, and that by whom, and somehow nobody ask the Russians, whom have been crawling in front of the tribe and then this happens.
    Like cheep whores.
    Wiping out resistance, an Russian specialty along with the Yanks, and Syria won the battle but lost the war, period, Russia is already laying the foundation of just what ISISrael wants, an Balkanised Syria/Iraq and the rest, all according to the plan.

    I blame the Russians for this one, its to much of an coincident, this level of assassinations is run by Govs. since it requires Intel that have to be state wise.
    Yeah, Putin have let Tribe kill again, and even this time, they do nothing.
    And Russia, huh, you will die, slowly, slowly slowly, like cancer, raped and plundered from within, this are sings Russians, but like the Yankikes, you never bother to learn anything, until its to late.
    Pity, its not fun to be jerked back to reality, when Russians have lied about ISISrael whom is the master race, huh, the chosen ones, right Russia.

    Yeah, an real Man went away, few are they, and walk with God.
    Rest is peace.

    peace

    • Wahid Algiers

      You are in anger and mourning. We understand and we are with you.

      • Tudor Miron

        Are you really with him in blaming Russia?

        • Wahid Algiers

          Absolutely not. That’ s why I wrote he is in anger and mourning because he blamed the only nation which is helping directly with own assets and specialists to free Syria. I have not noticed that he blamed Russia before. Did he?

          • Tudor Miron

            He did occasionally and in the same manner – accusing Russia for crimes that Israel, US, UK and their vassals are commiting while claiming that he’s all pro Surya and wishes well to Assad :). That’s their old and boring trick – if there’s any kind of union confronting them, than they have to seed quarrel between them and to try to enslave one by one.
            They hope that people would be that stupid and will listen to them insteed of looking at facts on the ground. Let’s take Russia out of ME equation – what would have be in Surya by now? But they hope that logic is not something that we would use when reading their poison filled trolling :)

    • Barba_Papa

      If you lead from the front, which this guy seems to have done, then you run the same risks as the men you lead. That is why such commanders earn the respect of their men. That is also why such commanders have higher mortality rates then those who sit in their headquarters every day. Nothing wrong with doing that either, if you do it well, but chances of dying of accidental papercuts in the average headquarter are not that high.

      This could be a particular big blow to the SAA, as in Arab armies everything depends on the commanding officer. If the CO is shit, the unit will be shit. If he’s good, the unit will be too.

      • Wahid Algiers

        “If you lead from the front, which this guy seems to have done..” Issam did so. Many pics and sequences are the proof.

        • RichardD

          Yes, he led from the front. And when the battle went from defensive to offensive he was more exposed to assassination. Which may be what occurred in this case. Like the recent death of the Russian general.

    • Tudor Miron

      Are you crazy? Now this is easy to see a real zio troll. When you can’t defeat or buy someone you than try to infiltrate, distort and seed lies to divide. Are you Suryan? Where the fu$k are you from? How did you or your country help Surya? You’re just a part of that zio owned MSM shitfeed – “blame Russians on everything and our own evil doings in particular”.

    • RichardD
    • Garga

      It’s easy to accuse Russians who also lost many brave souls in Syria and forget the real culprits, if you choose to do so.
      It’s not fair, doesn’t conform with reality but easy to do from the safety of one’s chair. I too, think you’re wrong in that statement.

      How about blaming the late general himself?

  • χρηστος

    very sad news.a true hero, an inspiration for his troops didnt have the pleasure of seeing his country free again. RIP you will be remembered by your people and the whole world.

  • as

    The guy is one of the rare military leader that’s being respected by all Syrians. He have both the popularity and skills to command. This surely a huge blow to Syrian Army. RIP heroic general.

  • Gabriel Hollows

    He died as he lived, like a true warrior. See you in Valhalla.

  • John Marks

    Zahreddine, you did your duty – honourably and way above the necessary. Rest in peace, brave soldier.
    Little does the western world appreciate how your steadfast defence of DeZ saved all of us from the threat of Daesh and their fanatical, barbarian Sharia “Law”.

  • Amirul Farhan

    We will always remember you and your sacrifice✌

  • SOF

    Sputnik News says that his vehicle hit a landmine planted by Daesh while on combat operations on Saqr Island on the Euphrates River:

    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201710181058339335-syrian-army-general-killed/

  • Gjergj

    I just cant’t believe it, such a great man! I hope in Syria’s history of all times, he will be remembered as he was, a great hero!

    RIP HERO!

  • Mahmoud Larfi

    May he rest in peace and may his deeds and personality continue to inspire all the patriots in Syria and beyond in their stand for national sovereignty and civilization safeguarding.

    Salute from Algeria.

  • TheSecular

    From an American:
    This man saved Deir Ezzor from falling to extremism and is one of the greatest warriors against islamist terrorism that the world has seen. Regardless what he has said in the past, He was symbol for honor, strong will and secularism.
    The Martyrdom of General Isam Zahraldin will make the fight against ISIS will bring sadness,anger and make the SAA a lot stronger.
    Condolences to Bashar Al-Assad, Suheil al Hassan and the City of Deir-Ez-Zor for losing their Protector and Hero.

    RIP.
    I call on the Syrian Army to name their final assault on al-bukamal (Operation Isam Zahreddine) the way ISIS named their counterattack after Adani.
    ITS PAYBACK TIME!
    ALLAH,SOURIA BASHAR W BAS!

    • Thegr8rambino

      definitely payback time!!!

  • Neo Onh

    Did he travel in an armoured vehicle? If not, why not??

    • Wahid Algiers

      That is the question. I think he wanted no extras. Always at the front lines with his soldiers. But in this stadium of the battle for Saker Island they could have used sappers and their tanks with mimesweepers.

  • Justin

    The great Syrian war and its warriors.
    USA thinks its the baddest force on the planet!
    I think they are just little boys with toys who pay mercenaries to do the hard work.
    I’m sad to hear this news but I know he will be an inspiration to the others!
    A leader who fought side by side with his troops on the front line.
    Those grey haired American military leaders don’t have THE BALLS to do what this man did. They don the believe in what they do, they know its just about oil.

  • Camilo Ribeirinha

    This Druze Man Brig Gen Issam Zahreddine, Hero Of Deir Ezzor Siege, Druze Man, Syrian Man, Syrian hero, Druze hero, World Man, World hero, he is whole world’s hero. He died fighting for world civilization, freedom, equality of all ethnicities, men and women, religions followers and non followers, adult and children, muslims and non muslims, whole God’s created humankind has been dedfended by him. Big, big MAN, big HERO. God bless him and give him the awarde that we can not give to him. My sympaties to his family and to whole Syria, too.

  • General Surena

    THE HERO MAN….
    waiting for revenge of israhell mosad and isis leaders…
    wait for it..

  • Lilian Turin

    I keep thinking about this brave soldier since this morning, I have been reading about him for the past three years and I just find incredible that this warrior’s life ended just like this, why now is the question many on this forum ask? WHY ? I find incredible that after so many years of being close to death he was still sent to the front, clearly there are many questions to answer here, why his vehicle was struck and not another one in the convoy for example. Why he was not sitting on an armored vehicle?

    This is just the umpteenth tragedy in this senseless war, Issam Zahreddine was the leading commander of a remote location that got lots of media attention but let’s not forget the tens of thousands of conscript SAA soldiers that died in this war (and continue to die) that are continuously unreported. They all deserve to be remembered.

  • Walter White

    a True hero defended Deir Ezzor with courage, honour and pride R.I.P.

  • DJ Double D

    Rest in Peace General. Condolences to your family. Your name in the history of Syria is eternally secured. Thanks for all you have done to secure the survival of the Syrian state.

  • Lupus

    huge loss , always remembered, great icon of mankind.

  • Jonathan Murray

    RIP – a great hero who died resisting imperialism.

  • Rodger

    It is a hero’s end. Still sad to see that he couldn’t witness the final triumph.

  • Thegr8rambino

    i was so shocked and saddened to read this morning :((( i cant believe he’s gone!!! for a man that probably most of us here have never even met or talked to, we have such feelings for this man, its truly incredible!!! but at least we can take comfort in the fact that he lived to see the area he was in command of finally liberated after only 3 years, it must have felt like an eternity to him. i really hope he is in a much better place now, after the hell he had to manage here in this realm!!! I hope there is another general ready to fill his shoes!! RIP!!!

  • Valery Grigoryev

    This is a tragedy for all, who support independent united Syria.
    Issam Zahreddine was an actual hero. It’s not possible to overestimate his role and his character.
    Trouble, big trouble…

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      He was calling to defend DE and liberate it’s inhabitants of ISIS and now that duty is fulfilled. He is a hero that has served his country and its people well, rest well hero. Maybe he’s called elsewhere as he is a believer God/Allah.

      Rest in peace warrior.

  • Xanatos

    This is a loss.

    He was one of the best officers in the SAA, easily. Without him, Deir ezzor would not have held out for so long. He also won a lot of influence with the Druze population , who largely wished to stay neutral, but were shamed by his example of serving the SAA.

  • Deo Cass

    Struck an ISIS mine my foot! Why don’t they tell the people the truth? IT WAS A US AIR STRIKE THAT KILLED HIM AS IT WAS A US AIR STRIKE THAT KILLED RUSSIAN LIEUTENANT-GENERAL VALERY ASPAROV IN SEPTEMBER.

  • Deo Cass

    No time for bereivement. He was a soldier and a hero and like all great heroes he died defending his country from foreign aggression and invasion. He joins Russian Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov. Both have been assassinated by the US to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming the oil and gas fields on the Eastern banks of the Euphrayes river for the Syrian people. The response by the anti-Western colonialist imperialist corportate Mafia coalition should be as promt and devastating for Syria’s enemies. GO TAKE YOUR OIL AND GAS FIELDS NOW SYRIA!

  • Deo Cass

    Sorry, why can’t I find any confirmation of this news on the official Syrian News Agency Sana, Iran’s News Agency Press TV and Russian News agencies, RT and Pravda?

  • Black Waters

    R.I.P. This guy is a hero… damn he was a good man.

  • Samuel Boas

    Rest in peace great great lion.

  • Vitex

    RIP Issam. If this wasn’t a US/Israeli strike I’ll eat my hat.

  • Red Admiral

    It seems rather obvious to me that ISIS terrorist units must be getting high grade US intelligence in order to be, “so lucky” at assassinating senior Syrian, Russian and Hezbollah commanders. Yankee satellite imaging technology is without doubt playing a lethal role in murdering these Heros who have been very prominent in crushing these US terrorist proxies. On the other hand, Uncle Sam and his goons couldn’t give a fcuk should ISIS commanders be dispatched to the ‘netherwelt’. Col. Ryan Dillon and his inner circle need to be taken out in such a way that it sends a clear message to the Pentagon that they can no longer fcuk around. Could be a “seriously mad ISIS terrorist”, primed for the job.

  • Turabe

    A hero yesterday and a martyr today. A patriot a general and loyal citizen of Syria. Syrians are lucky to have many generals of his calibre. Long live SAA, long live IRGC, long live Hezbollah.

  • Vitex

    I was thinking (always a dangerous thing). If I was rank-and-file ISIS I wouldn’t go targeting beloved generals, because I’d want to survive if I was taken prisoner. Now that Issam has been killed, every ISIS footsoldier is on a suicide mission whether they like it or not. They can have no hope of being taken alive. Not that they had much before, but now they have no chance.

  • Kira Binkley

    I don’t believe it!! That can’t happen!!
    It did say: If confirmed.
    I mean, how many times did al-Baghdadi die?

    • PZIVJ

      AND HOW THE HELL COULD YOU COMPARE THE TWO ? :(
      A very sad day indeed.
      SAA and Russian officers die on the front line to lead their troops in conflict.
      A SALUTE TO THE BRAVE:
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd9199ccb3d84152fc1466e80d2e450b602af628842894aa6f2c8ac3f6adaed3.png

      • Kira Binkley

        I can’t believe it! Are humans really regressing in intelligence? My analogy was limited to the number of times each could die. You are the one who is sick!

        • PZIVJ

          Your original post reads like you are saying the NDF report is not true.
          So I removed my first line. Godspeed SAA

          • Kira Binkley

            The article said “If confirmed…” I’m hoping it won’t be confirmed. Thought the other night, how could General Zahreddine get that close to an IED?

          • PZIVJ

            All of Syria will remember him for what he did in Deir Ezzor.
            A TRUE HERO IN DEED !

    • electron

      his body has been delivered to Al Suwayda. He and another captain died in their car, when it hit a road mine. It further rises suspicion that there is a mole within SAA in DZ, after killing of RF general. Did his car lead the convoy into enemy turf? Unlikely. It could have been a radio triggered mine, done by enemy SF, who were informed of the car he was in.

      • Lilian Turin

        I agree with your analysis, this is the more likely scenario

  • Leon Auguste

    Brave warrior.. RIP Sir

  • Ahmed Benmansour

    Allah Yarham ont the biggest fighter, hero & commander. The free world will never forget you. He protected DE until the last second and without him, Syria would have never recovered that part of territlories. R.I.P