The next piece of Bashar Assad’s regime appears to have fallen. Air Force General Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi was reportedly killed in Damascus. According to the rebels, al-Khalidi was preparing to defect, but when the regime discovered this, they had him killed.
An announcement carried on state television said the air force commander, Gen. Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi, was killed in the Damascus district of Rukn al-Din on Monday by armed terrorist groups, the government’s categorical term for its adversaries.
The announcement did not specify how the commander had been killed, but it described him as one of the country’s top aviation experts. Agence France-Presse, in a report from Damascus, quoted an unidentified security source as saying the commander had been shot to death while leaving a friend’s home.
The war in Syria has taken a backseat in US news with the election so close, but it clearly is intensifying, regardless of what Bashar al-Assad is doing.