BEIRUT State-run Syrian television says that top army Gen. Jameh Jameh was killed while on duty in eastern Syria.
It says Jameh, who was the head of the military intelligence directorate in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, was killed by rebels in the provincial capital that carries the same name
Jameh was one of the most powerful Syrian army officers in the country and played a major role in Lebanon when Damascus dominated its smaller neighbor.
The TV report Thursday did not say when Jameh was killed. It said he died "while he was carrying out his mission in defending Syria and its people."
The city of Deir el-Zour has witnessed clashes between troops and rebels for more than a year.