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Monday, 29 September 2008

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According to Syrian Sources - Saturday's Suicide Car Bombing involving a wine- colored GMC , Suburban , plate No. 83115 , gold lined on both sides , engine No. 3 GKGK 26U 3X2185882

Read these stories carefully, the leading analysis at this time is concluding that this could be the work of the Syrian-Iranian axis to try to break Syria's isolation with the west and depict Syria on the same side as the west in fighting terror. These analysts also say that this could be a single shot with multiple strikes, i.e. Return Syria from Isolation, Assassinate a leading figure questioned in the Hariri Tribunal, and return to Lebanon. CRNews. 

Syrian officer connected to Hariri investigation might have been the target of Damascus explosion
September 29, 2008
Syrian opposition sources told the Italian news agency Adnkronos International that the Saturday explosion in Damascus targeted the deputy director of the Palestinian Branch of Syrian Intelligence, officer Abdul Karim Abbas.

The sources said that the Independent International Investigation Committee charged with investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, had previously heard testimony from Abbas. Syria did not respond to the opposition claims, and did not announce the names of the victims, saying only that they were civilians.
 
-NOW Staff
 
http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=60892  
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Car bomb targeted senior security official - report
 
Damascus - A car bomb in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 17 civilians and wounded 14 other persons Saturday morning in an attack which the government condemned as a "cowardly act."The bomb, which exploded near a secret service facility, was believed to be targeting a senior intelligence official who was in the building at the time, Lebanese media reported.
 
There were no immediate reports whether this person was killed or injured.
Witnesses in the area, however, said some of the killed were intelligence men in plain clothes who were killed near the secret service headquarters.
 
The Syrian news agency SANA said earlier the bomb went off near the busy Sayyida Zainab district at 8:45 am.
 
Both SANA and Lebanese media reports said the car was rigged with 200 kilograms of explosives.
 
"This is a cowardly act and it took place in a crowded area, killing 17 and wounding 14," Syrian Interior Minister Colonel Bassam Abdel Majid told Syrian television.
 
He said an investigation had been launched to find the culprits. -DPA
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'Top Syrian officer among bomb victims'
Sep. 28, 2008
The Media Line News Agency , THE JERUSALEM POST
A mysterious explosion near Damascus on Saturday claimed the lives of at least 17 people, including a brigadier-general, further destabilizing the Syrian regime.
A car bomb carrying 200 kilograms of explosives exploded near the Palestine branch of Syrian Military Intelligence, the London-based daily Asharq Alawsat reported.
The identity of the high-ranking military officer, who was reportedly killed as a result of the explosion, had not yet been revealed.
The Palestine branch of Syrian Military Intelligence is headed by Gen. Suleiman Dayoub, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law, Gen. Asif Shawkat, who heads Military Intelligence and is considered one of the strongest men in the Syrian regime.
No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.
The Media Line's analysts indicate this was the second incident this year directed against a security target. Earlier this year, Assad's top security adviser Muhammad Suleiman was assassinated in Tartous. The investigation into his murder was not made public.
Saturday's attack may be connected to Suleiman's assassination and to a behind-the-scenes battle within the top Syrian security command. Various unconfirmed reports over the past few months indicated that Assad may have begun to worry about Shawkat's increasing power.
Syria, of course, is not revealing any such internal disputes, and is trying to place the blame on outside elements.
"Unfortunately, in the years that followed the American war on terror, terrorism has further spread. These kinds of incidents can occur anywhere and are not indicative of security breaches," Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told reporters.
Muallem said further that Israel was among the "biggest benefactors" of the attack.
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Report: Top Syrian officer killed in Damascus explosion
London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper says senior military officer is among 17 fatalities of car bomb which rocked Syrian capital. Attack believed to be meant for city's intelligence services building
Roee Nahmias
A high-ranking Syrian military officer was killed in the car bomb explosion which struck Damascus on Saturday, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Sunday.
 
Seventeen people were killed Saturday morning when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian capital. The blast, which Syria's interior minister dubbed a "terror attack", occurred at an intersection leading to the Sit Zeinab shrine, popular with Shiite pilgrims from Iran and Lebanon.
According to the al-Sharq al-Awsat report, the car bomb was meant to hit a Syrian intelligence services building, located near Damascus' international airport, where Syria's "Palestinian directorate" is believed to be located.
 
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem was quick to assign blame Saturday, saying Israel was the one which stood to gain the most from the attack.
 
"Unfortunately, in the years following the American war on terror, terror has managed to spread even further. Such incidents can take place anywhere and do not indicate that there was a security breach," he said.
 
The terror attack in Syria was condemned by the US, Europe and the Arab world. 
 
Syria has known several assassinations and assassination attempts in the past few months, most recently that of Hisham el-Badni, secretary to Khaled Mashaal, Hamas' political leader, who according to reports was gunned down in a Damascus street, in broad daylight.
 
July saw another top Syrian official killed, as Brigadier General Mohammad Suleiman, a senior aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad, who was gunned down by a sniper.
 
http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3603050,00.html
 
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Opposition website: Syria blast may be 'work accident'
Syrian opposition website suggests Damascus explosion may be result of security forces' mishap; Lebanon PM condemns attack as 'terror crime'
Roee Nahmias
The Damascus blast that left 17 people dead earlier Saturday may have been a result of a "work accident" by Syrian security forces, an opposition website reported. A local resident told a website reporter the car bomb that exploded in the Syrian capital may have been meant to explode in Iraq or Lebanon.
 
The opposition website reported that Syrian television images make it appear that the explosion took place in a building belonging to the security establishment. However, at this time the reports are mostly speculations and the cause of the blast remains unclear.
 
Meanwhile, Syrian opposition figures told Ynet that the explosion may in fact be a staged incident aimed at heightening fears of a growing radical Islamic threat, thereby presenting the Syrians with a pretext to deploy troops in Lebanon.
 
Saturday evening, senior Lebanese figures, including Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, condemned the explosion. The Lebanese PM issued a statement saying that "this crime is despicable and unacceptable."
 
Siniora referred to the blast as a "terror crime" and said such incidents must be rejected, particularly when they take place in an Arab capital.
 
According to television reports, the car that exploded in Damascus Saturday was rigged with at least 200 kg (440 pounds) of explosives, and also injured 14 people.
The reports also said that "an investigation by the Counter-terrorism Unit us underway to identify the attackers."
 
http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3602883,00.html


 
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