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Report: Syria's Air Force Intelligence chief killed

Saudi network Al-Arabiya claims Jamil Hassan, dubbed by opposition forces as 'one of Assad's iron fists,' was killed by one of his aides

Lieutenant Jamil Hassan, the head of Syria's Air Force Intelligence, has been assassinated by one of his aides, Syrian opposition sources told the Saudi Al Arabiya Sunday.


Syria's state television denied the report. Hassan, whose rank is parallel to that of a major-general in the IDF, was considered a senior official in Syrian President Bashar Assad's army.


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According to the report, Hassan was targeted by a rebel group calling itself "The descendants of the Prophet."


Hassan was an Alawite, like Assad. He was born on Homs – one of fiercest battlegrounds of the Syrian revolt.


According to rebel reports, he had a personal hand in the regime's attempts to crush the uprising. He was often referred to as one of the regimes "iron fists."


He was once quoted by the Syrian opposition as telling Assad "Let me kill a million protesters to end the revolution and I will go to The Hague in your place."



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