Blast kills Hezbollah military chief in Syria

Mustafa Badreddine had led Hezbollah's intervention in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime since the start of the five-year warLebanon’s Hezbollah announced Friday that its top military commander had been killed in an attack in Syria where the Shiite militant group has deployed thousands of fighters backing the Damascus regime. Hezbollah said it was investigating the cause of the blast near Damascus airport but did not immediately point the finger at Israel as it did when the commander’s predecessor was assassinated in the Syrian capital in 2008. The death of Mustafa Badreddine, who had led Hezbollah’s intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, came with a fragile truce in Syria’s five-year war on the brink of collapse.

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