Senior Syria rebel chief killed in clashes with army

A handout picture released by the opposition-run Shaam News Network on June 22, 2013 shows rebel fighters walking through a hole in a wall as they carry their weapons to position themselves closer to the area of the government forces in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo/AFP

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  • State television also reported the commander's death, describing him as a "criminal, treacherous... deserter".
  • News of his death came hours after government warplanes carried out four strikes on areas southeast of Damascus.

A senior rebel commander in southern Syria was killed in fighting with government troops in the town of Tafas on Monday, said sources on both sides.

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