Why would a Russian General be in Syria?

They have a base there.

It gets strange.

“Syria crisis: rebels ‘kill Russian general’ amid concern for Iranian hostages” was the news flash


A Russian general has denied rebel claims that he was assassinated in Syria. Itar-Tass news agency quoted reserve officer called Vladimir Kuzheyev as “I want to confirm that I am alive and well.” A video statement from rebels in Damascus said that Kuzheyev had been killed.

Itar-Tass news agency said a reserve officer called Vladimir Kuzheyev had later met Russian journalists at the ministry and, although he did not say whether he had been in Syria, he declared: “I want to confirm that I am alive and well.”

A Syrian rebel group said earlier today it had killed a Russian general working as an adviser to Syria’s ministry of defence in an operation in the western Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

A video statement from a group calling itself the “Hawks Special Operations Battalion…a division of the Military Leadership of Damascus City and Province”, gave the name of the general as Vladimir Petrovich Kochyev. The video, sent to Reuters, showed what the rebels said was a copy of his ID, as issued by the Syrian military.

The same group claimed responsibility for the assassination of four of President Bashar al-Assad’s top lieutenants in Damascus last month.

So was killed? Does the name mismatch make a difference?



I would believe a person would be carrying a good ID.

Good enough to get into Damascus.

Good enough to fool Syria military.

If not the general?

Who was killed?


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