Religion of Peace hits Damascus

* Update thanks to ZIP:  Al Qaeda is deeply unhappy with the Syrians crackdown on jihadists: “ increased Syrian pressure would lead to confrontation”. Sources added that this suicide bombing was a warning that al- Qaeda would turn Syria into a “jihad land.”

Al Qaeda Suicide Bomber hits Syria

A car bomb killed 17 people and injured 14 others on a crowded residential street in Damascus today, according to Syrian television.

A security check point close to the scene of a car bomb in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

BBC slideshow here

It said a car packed with 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of explosives blew up on Mahlak Street, in a southern district of the Syrian capital close to the city’s international airport. . The charred remains of the car was shown by television in the street near a primary school as firefighters stood near a wide crater believed be caused by the blast.

* AFP: Seventeen killed by bomb in Damascus

One witness said on television the explosion sounded like an earthquake. “My apartment collapsed, and five of my family members are injured and in hospital,” he said.

Another witnesses who was sleeping in his truck at the time of the blast said it appeared as if the bomb vehicle was a taxi. “I saw lots of smoke and the glass windows of my truck shattered.”

Bassam Abdul-Majid, the Syrian Interior Minister, called the bombing a terrorist act and said all the victims were civilians. But he would not say who might have been responsible. “We cannot accuse any party. There are ongoing investigations that will lead us to those who carried it out.”

Such bombings are rare in Syria, a tightly controlled country where President Bashar Assad’s regime has used heavy-handed tactics to crack down on dissent.

But over the last year, the country has witnessed two high-profile assassinations. Several explosions have also been blamed on Sunni Muslim militants opposed to Syria’s secular government.

Today’s bombing was by far the largest to hit the capital in recent times. It shattered building and car windows and twisted the roof off one car, according to footage aired on Syrian television.

The explosion occurred at the intersection that leads to Saydah Zeinab, a holy shrine for Shia Muslims frequently visited by Iranian and Iraqi pilgrims about five miles (8km) away. A building used by the intelligence services is also located in the area, but cars are not normally allowed to park nearby.

The last big explosion in Damascus was in February when a car bomb killed Imad ughniyeh, one of the world’s most wanted and elusive terrorists. The former security chief for the Shia militant group Hezbollah was suspected of masterminding attacks that killed hundreds of Americans in Lebanon and brutal kidnappings of Westerners.

Hezbollah and its top ally, Iran, blamed Israel for the assassination, but Israel denied any involvement.

Syria has long been on Washington’s list of states supporting terrorism, and the Bush administration has sought to isolate the Assad regime for its support of Hezbollah and radical Palestinian groups. Its attempts intensified after the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, which many in Lebanon blame on Syria.

But in recent months, Syria has been trying to change its image and emerge from international isolation. President Assad has agreed to establish diplomatic ties with Lebanon and has pursued indirect peace talks with Israel, mediated by Turkey. He says he wants direct talks next year.

European, American and Arab officials also have increased their visits to the country after years of avoiding it.


Killer car bomb hits Damascus

Syrian television puts death toll from ‘terrorist act’ at 17

3 thoughts on “Religion of Peace hits Damascus”

  1. God has already said what needs to be said … looks like “allah’s” followers will bring it about.

    [The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap. (Isaiah 17:1 NKJV)]

  2. This is what you get for playing with fire. The Syrians have been in cahoots with Iran and Hezbollah for some time. That makes them a terrorist supporting state. Perhaps they feel that as long as they target Israel then it isn’t really terrorism. Now they are learning a hard lesson. I wish I could feel sympathy for them but I don’t. If you brew up enough hatred of others then almost inevitably it will spread itself amongst islamic countries. Just look at Pakistan, it has gone downhill at a frightening rate. AQ will attack anyone to try to stay current and keep some sort of a profile, just look at N Africa.
    I wonder if this will encourage Assad to pull away from the terrorists, somehow I doubt it.
    The last I heard of the Syria/Russia deal was that the Russians wouldn’t sell them arms, or at least the big stuff because many years ago the Syrians stiffed them and they had to write of an enormous amount of money as a bad debt. I wonder if this is another one.

  3. And they say, that we will have peace, if everybody becomes Muslim –
    Isn’t Syria a Muslim country?
    So much for the religion of peace – a crock of s*#t, that is.

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