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|Nickname||"Lion of the Republican Guard"|
"The Druze Beast"
Tarba, As-Suwayda, Syria
|Died||18 October 2017 (aged 56)|
Hawijat Saqr, Deir ez-Zor
|Service/branch||Syrian Arab Army|
|Years of service||1980–2017|
|Battles/wars||Syrian civil war|
Issam Jad'aan Zahreddine (Arabic: عصام جدعان زهر الدين; 1961 – 18 October 2017) sometimes called as Issam Zaher Eldin or Issam Zaher al-Deen, was a Major General of the Syrian Republican Guard. He played a major role in the Syrian Civil War, leading Syrian government forces on several fronts. His most prominent role was the leadership of the surrounded Syrian forces during the over three-year long Siege of Deir ez-Zor.
Syrian news agencies reported on 18 October 2017, that Zahreddine was killed by a land mine explosion during operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Saqr island in Deir ez-Zor.
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- "Archived copy". http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/middle-east/the-arab-world/senior-level-syrian-army-official-killed-in-battle-31809.
- Gambill, Gary C. (2013), Syrian Druze: Toward Defiant Neutrality, Middle East Forum, http://www.meforum.org/3463/syrian-druze-neutrality, retrieved 9 July 2013
- Leith Fadel (18 October 2017). "Breaking: Prominent Syrian general Issam Zahreddine killed in Deir Ezzor". al-Masdar News. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-prominent-syrian-general-issam-zahreddine-killed-deir-ezzor/.