Russia Says One of Its Generals Killed by Mortar Shelling in Syria

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A Russian soldier guards as a military helicopter takes off at an airport in Deir eI-Zor, Syria. (AP Photo)

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that one of its general lieutenants, Valeryi Asapov, was killed by mortar shelling in Syria, the TASS news agency reported.

The mortar shelling was carried out by the Islamic State near Syria’s Deir al-Zor, the ministry said.