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Syrian air-defense chief dies in clashes

Posted: May 19, 2014 at 5:12 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria -- The head of Syria's air defenses was killed in clashes near the capital of Damascus, a government official and activists said Sunday, one of a few high-ranking military officers to be killed in the country's 3-year-old civil war.

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