Top Syrian General Reportedly Killed in Battle

State-run television reports


A top Syrian army general has been killed in fighting with rebels, state-run Syrian television reported Thursday, as the country's deputy prime minister floated Nov. 23-24 as possible dates for talks on a political solution to the conflict.

The television report said Gen. Jameh Jameh was killed while on duty in eastern Syria. It said 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.