Russian general killed fighting IS in Syria

A Russian general was killed while battling Islamic State group militants near the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor , Moscow ’s defence ministry said Sunday .
“ Division general Valeri Assapov was killed when a shell exploded during shelling by IS fighters , ” the ministry was quoted as saying by local media , adding that the officer was serving as an advisor to Syrian government troops .
The ministry said Assapov would be posthumously decorated for his service .
Deir Ezzor province , on Syria’ s eastern border with Iraq, is rich with oil and gas fields that served as a key revenue stream for IS at the peak of its power .
Russia intervened in support of the Damascus government in September 2015 and has been assisting regime forces in an assault on Deir Ezzor from the west .