Gunmen Kill Syrian General in Capital Fighting continues in Homs, elsewhere By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 11, 2012 9:42 AM CST 14 comments Comments A girl with the former flag of Syria painted on her face joins in the Amnesty International rally in Trafalgar Square, central London, on Saturday. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Here's yet another milestone that doesn't bode well for Syria: Gunmen killed a Syrian general as he left his home in the capital of Damascus today, reports AP. The attack on Brig. Gen. Issa al-Khouli marks the first time a high-ranking military official has been killed in Damascus, a sign that the violence that has plagued cities such as Homs might be headed there. In fact, fighting was reported today near the capital in Zabadani and Douma, reports al-Jazeera, in addition to heavy clashes and house-to-house raids in Homs and Hama. Click to read how some US officials agree with Bashar al-Assad that al-Qaeda is playing a role in the violence.