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Inquiry Into Death of Russian Lt. Gen. Asapov Shows Data Leaks to Daesh - Source

© Sputnik / Sergey Krasnouhov / Go to the mediabankMajor General Valery Asapov, commander of the 68th Army Corps. (File)
Major General Valery Asapov, commander of the 68th Army Corps. (File) - Sputnik International
The preliminary investigation into the death of Russian Lieutenant-General Asapov near Syrian Deir ez-Zor has shown data leaks to Daesh, a source in the Syrian security forces told Sputnik.

“The results of a preliminary investigation into the death of general Asapov in Deir ez-Zor evidences a leak of information on his location to the side that carried out the attack,” the source said.

Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov died on Sunday after sustaining a "fatal injury" in a Daesh shelling near Deir ez-Zor, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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Asapov was a member of the group of Russian military advisers providing Syrian commanders with assistance during the operation aimed at the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor.

Commenting on the incident, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Monday that the death of Asapov is the price that Russia paid for the "duplicity" of the United States in actions aimed at resolving the crisis in the region.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry circulated an aerial footage of the areas where Daesh militants were stationed near Deir ez-Zor, clearly showing US special forces' military vehicles at strongholds previously fortified by terrorists.

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