Russian DM: General Killed by Land Mine in SE Syria

Convoy hit mine after humanitarian mission

According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, an as-yet-unnamed general was killed and two other soldiers wounded when their convoy hit a land mine. The general initially survived but died of his wounds while being evacuated.

Few details have been offered yet. The incident was in Deir Ezzor Province, and the convoy was returning to base after a ‘humanitarian mission.” The death of a general is unusual, but even more unusual is the Defense Ministry not identifying him.

This again raises concerns about stability in SE Syria, where the US has warned the environment might be conducive to ISIS’s recovery. Though ISIS is not believed to be substantial anymore, remnant groups are still in the surrounding area, and might plant explosives for such an attack.

Russia has only a small number of troops in eastern Syria. Most of their presence in the country is along the coast, where they have a naval base and airport.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.