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.
|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|
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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