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Could be psy-ops before an assault.This kind of reminds me of the 'rumours' a few months back that Saudi Prince Bandar had been assassinated, and which proved to be completely fabricated. The only websites that are carrying these 'reports' are rather obscure, and I very much doubt that Assad would have an Iranian bodyguard, however convenient that is for propagandists.
So I'd say take it with a cellar of salt. And even if it is true, you'd have to be nuts to think it would bring an end to the civil war in Syria.