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Damascus blast kills at least 17
BBC ^ | 06:35 GMT, Saturday, 27 September 2008

Posted on 09/26/2008 11:48:08 PM PDT by james500

At least 17 people been killed by a suspected car bomb in the Syrian capital Damascus, say local media reports.

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Syria's Dunia television said the explosion had targeted a security forces installation.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blast; damascus; explosion; globaljihad; islam; lebanon; mohammedanism; rop; syria; wot

1 posted on 09/26/2008 11:48:08 PM PDT by james500
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To: james500

Those damn Amish again.


2 posted on 09/26/2008 11:49:51 PM PDT by TDT
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To: james500

Prayers out to the families affected by these cold and evil b*stards. May they find the solace and comfort they need to deal with the pain this senseless tragedy has wrought.


3 posted on 09/26/2008 11:50:49 PM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (My bracelet says Stand UP Chuck! - Take that Obamamamamama. :)~)
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To: james500

Are we REALLY sure we want Obammie as the Commander in Chief?


4 posted on 09/26/2008 11:51:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill")
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To: james500
That *is* interesting.

Targeting the Syrian security forces is dangerous business. I wonder who would take such a risk?

5 posted on 09/26/2008 11:55:07 PM PDT by Steel Wolf (Commander Barack "Spock" Obama, "But, Captain... that would be... illiberal...")
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To: james500

I wonder is this linked to the build-up of Syrian troops on the Lebanese border, noticed last week.


6 posted on 09/26/2008 11:58:43 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: james500

Syrian TV: Damascus car bomb kills 17

By Reuters

A car bomb exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, killing 17 people and wounding 14, Syrian state television reported.

The car was rigged with some 200 kg of explosives, the television said.

It was the first explosion in Syria since the car bomb assassination of Imad Mughniyah, military commander of the Islamist group Hezbollah, in February.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1024836.html


7 posted on 09/27/2008 12:00:22 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: Steel Wolf

Syria’s a hot spot, ain’t it? This was printed yesterday.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7638499.stm

A UN inquiry into alleged Syrian nuclear activity has been delayed by the assassination of UN investigators’ top contact in Damascus.

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Diplomats say the IAEA was dealing with Brig Gen Mohamed Suleiman before he was shot at a beach last month.


8 posted on 09/27/2008 12:09:41 AM PDT by james500
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To: james500

If this was carried out by some Lebanese nationalist group then I’d expect Syria to repond to this.


9 posted on 09/27/2008 12:14:53 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: james500
Syria’s a hot spot

hot spot since the world was created and will be to the end

10 posted on 09/27/2008 12:15:29 AM PDT by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: james500

“The bombing is the most deadly single attack to have ever hit Syria”- Al Jazeera


11 posted on 09/27/2008 12:42:31 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora
I'm thinking this might be a Reichstag, long knives kinda moment.
12 posted on 09/27/2008 12:55:01 AM PDT by Shaun_MD
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To: maquiladora; jeffers; jhpigott; All

Israel ?

Hezzi ?

Qods ?

Mmmm?


13 posted on 09/27/2008 1:20:05 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Shaun_MD

I’m thinking this might be a Reichstag, long knives kinda moment.
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Roger Dat!,,,

Russians in port ?

Interesting~mmmmmmmmm!

AQ ?,,,I don’t know,,,

Also,,,Israel could have put a “HIT” on somebody...


14 posted on 09/27/2008 1:32:47 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Pretty good excuse to use those 10,000 troops.


15 posted on 09/27/2008 2:27:14 AM PDT by Shaun_MD
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To: james500

Damascus huh?
Glad to hear that.


16 posted on 09/27/2008 3:20:20 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: maquiladora

I clicked on this wondering who was the target. This just doesn’t happen there....someone wanted someone very dead.


17 posted on 09/27/2008 3:48:29 AM PDT by Dog (We have entered into the realm of 9/10 all over again...Lord help us.)
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To: maquiladora; jeffers; Cap Huff
From another article..linked on this thread.

An intelligence building is also located in the area, but cars are not normally allowed to park nearby and it was not clear how close the bombing was to the building. Police sealed off the area, blocking motorists and pedestrians from approaching from where the blast occurred around 8:45 A.M.

The morning commute was underway....someone who works in that building was the target as they passed by maybe.

18 posted on 09/27/2008 3:54:45 AM PDT by Dog (We have entered into the realm of 9/10 all over again...Lord help us.)
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To: Dog
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.

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/articles/article_1433413.php/Car_bomb_targeted_senior_senior_security_official_-_report__3rd_Lead__

19 posted on 09/27/2008 4:04:03 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: Dog
The explosion, which injured about 12 others, happened near the headquarters of a special intelligence unit that handles Palestinian security, Syrian officials told CNN.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/09/27/Damascus_car_bomb_kills_at_least_17/UPI-55011222511998/

20 posted on 09/27/2008 4:07:29 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora
Didn't I tell you...:-)

I'm getting good at this stuff.

21 posted on 09/27/2008 4:15:27 AM PDT by Dog (We have entered into the realm of 9/10 all over again...Lord help us.)
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To: Dog

Apparently the Sidi Kadad Intelligence Headquarters is responsible for monitoring Palestinians in Syria - could be possible revenge attack by Hamas, hasn’t the Hamas leader in Syria recently been forced to move to Sudan?


22 posted on 09/27/2008 4:20:19 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: james500

I dont care..........


23 posted on 09/27/2008 4:41:09 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: james500

Islam is peace damnit!!


24 posted on 09/27/2008 5:40:44 AM PDT by omega4179 (The Media is 150% in the tank for Obamadinejad.)
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To: james500

Man, lots of stuff’s been happening in Syria this year. Mughniyah, Assad’s bro-in-law accused of plotting a coup, Assad’s right-hand man assassinated, troops near Lebanon, car bomb in Damascus....

So, who could it be? Mossad? Hezbollah? The fact that they targeted a security building says it was probably an enemy of Syria who did it; which would rule out Iran’s Quds Force. I don’t think Syria ever truly intended to break away from Iran (that was just PR to the West), so I don’t think this was some kind of hint not too.

I suppose it could’ve been Hezbollah retaliation for Mughniyah’s death, but they rely on Syria for arms and support; they’d be biting the hand that feeds them. But if they’re that stupid, hey, fine by me...

Or maybe it was a move by Lebanon in response to the Syrian troops on their border.


25 posted on 09/27/2008 7:53:59 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat (The Middle East: We put the OIL in TURMOIL!)
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To: All

It was reported that it hit near an intelligence post. I’m going to just venture a guess, but I think the Israelis through a surrogate hit this post for whatever reason. Maybe a suspected or wanted terrorist was there or this Intelligence Unit was responsible for crimes against Israelis. I’m wondering if the Israelis used Shiia extremist for this and gave them the funding and weapons to conduct the attack and posed as some other extremist group. Its pretty hard to penetrate Syria without them knowing who you are.....


26 posted on 09/27/2008 8:01:56 AM PDT by 82ndABNOfficer
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To: Steel Wolf

The Syrian terrorist regime is in much more trouble than most people think. What you are seeing is terrorists fighting terrorists, evil fighting evil.


27 posted on 09/27/2008 8:04:53 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: All

Also, remember that Israel’s intelligence groups has in the past used car bombs as a means to kill its enemies...


28 posted on 09/27/2008 8:05:05 AM PDT by 82ndABNOfficer
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To: Shaun_MD
Pretty good excuse to use those 10,000 troops.

What's implied from your comment, is my guess about what is going on, too.

29 posted on 09/27/2008 9:35:06 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: james500
Syria has sponsored terrorists groups and activities for over 40 years and now they got a taste of what they been dishing out, hope they choke on it.
30 posted on 09/27/2008 9:53:51 AM PDT by Americanexpat
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
Not Israel, they are cleaner at solving “problems”. A bullet, or a nuke, but not some amateur's car bomb from them.
31 posted on 09/27/2008 11:04:40 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Maverick Barracuda voter!)
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To: Issaquahking

Mossad used a car bomb to take out Mughniyah.


32 posted on 09/27/2008 11:48:38 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat (The Middle East: We put the OIL in TURMOIL!)
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To: Steel Wolf
Targeting the Syrian security forces is dangerous business. I wonder who would take such a risk?

I would imagine that there are factions in the Syrian security forces; and I suspect that this is between those who favor Iran, and those who do not.

If I had to guess, I'd say the pro-Iran faction was behind the bombing.

33 posted on 09/27/2008 11:53:05 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: james500

Perhaps now the Syrians have an inkling of a smidgen of fraction of an Idea about how the Israelis feel about car/suicide bombings.

Not that I approve, or am cheering. ANY terrorist bombing is just plane wrong. this is more a matter of gaining someone else’s perspective. And the perspective truly sucks.


34 posted on 09/27/2008 12:18:38 PM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Russians in port ?

That's a possiblity. Syria isn't exactly unified. The minority Shi'a are in power, and the Sunni majority of course look down on the Shi'ites. Assad & company are afraid of a coup; he's formed his own "presidential special forces" to enhance his security and accused his own brother-in-law of involvement in a coup. Perhaps someone in this intel unit was a member of the "Let's overthrow Assad" club, which would NOT sit well with the Russkies, since the terrorist regime in Syria is their ally and Iran's. So perhaps the Russians targeted someone whom they knew to be orchestrating a coup d'etat.
35 posted on 09/27/2008 12:36:38 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (The Middle East: We put the OIL in TURMOIL!)
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To: james500

How long before they blame Israel????

Israel is George Bush of Middle East


36 posted on 09/27/2008 12:47:55 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: maquiladora

I just saw an article sorry no link ....I think it was the JPost...that a TOP Syrian General connected to the regime was killed in this blast.


37 posted on 09/28/2008 12:19:19 PM PDT by Dog (We have entered into the realm of 9/10 all over again...Lord help us.)
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To: Dog
a TOP Syrian General connected to the regime was killed in this blast.

That's interesting since another Syrian general was assassinated last month.

38 posted on 09/28/2008 1:36:07 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Here is the piece...

Here.

39 posted on 09/28/2008 2:21:44 PM PDT by Dog (We have entered into the realm of 9/10 all over again...Lord help us.)
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To: Dog

I wonder if that was a revenge hit. I know next to nothing about the various divisions within Syria but this sounds like a situation to pay attention to.


40 posted on 09/28/2008 4:33:16 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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