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Khaldoun Zahreddine Isn't Son of Infamous General Issam Zahreddine of Assad Forces

Dirar Khattab   Wednesday 15th January 2020

Dirar Khattab   Wednesday 15th January 2020

News websites and social media news users have reported Tuesday that Khaldoun Zahreddine, a soldier of the Syrian regime forces, was killed by a mine planted by ISIS in the desert of Deir al-Zour.

It has been claimed that the dead soldier was the son of Issam Zahreddine, a Major General of the Assad forces who was killed on October 18, 2017, by a mine explosion in Hwayjet Saqer of rural Deir al-Zour, according to the Assad regime’s media.

The news has been published by many news organizations including the Step News Agency. In addition, it has been shared by news groups - run by Syrian activists - as well as by media activists and politicians. A photo of both Issam and Khaldoun have also been shared in these reports.

Verify-Sy Platform fact-checked the news, and found out that Issam Zahrelddine did not have a son called Khaldoun; he had one daughter and two sons, Yaroub and Haiel, both of them appear in this interview following the killing of their father.

Verify-Sy reached out to different sources at the city of al-Suwayda, all of them confirmed that the dead general had only two sons, Yaroub and Hayel.

Khaldoun Zahreddine, who was killed yesterday, originated in the Myamas village, southeast of al-Suwayda. On the other hand, Issam Zahrelddine originated in the al-Soura al-Kabira village, north of al-Suwayda. Khaldoun, however, was a member of the Nafez Assad Allah groups of the Assad regime forces, which had been founded by Issam Zahreddine before his killing.

Pro-Assad regime news pages mourned Khaldoun Zahreddine. Most of these Facebook pages have not claimed that Khaldoun was the son of Issam Zahreddine.


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