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Bomb kills Assad army chiefs; "decisive" Damascus battle
Reuters ^ | July 18, 2012 | By Dominic Evans and Khaled Yacoub Oweis

Posted on 07/18/2012 3:36:47 PM PDT by robowombat

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - A bomber killed three of Bashar al-Assad's top military officials on Wednesday - including his powerful brother-in-law - in a devastating blow to the Syrian leader's inner circle as rebels closed in, vowing to "liberate" the capital.

Assad's brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, was one of the principal figures in the tight, clan-based ruling elite that has been battling to put down a 16-month rebellion against four decades of rule by Assad and his father. The defense minister and a senior general were also killed and two other top security officials wounded in the attack on a crisis meeting of Assad's closest security aides that took place as battles raged within sight of the nearby presidential palace. Late into the night on Wednesday there was no sign of a letup in fighting in the capital, the worst since the uprising began, a resident reached by telephone said. Intense clashes were reported in the central districts of Mezze and Kafar Souseh, while a police station in the Hajar al-Aswad district was in flames. Army artillery was shelling the capital from the surrounding mountains as night fell. A security source said the bomber who struck inside the security headquarters was a bodyguard entrusted with protecting the closest members of Assad's circle. State television said it was a suicide bomb. Anti-Assad groups claimed responsibility.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: syria
Obviously an inside job. My guess is that the Assad regime will now become totally uninhibited in its operations against the rebels. I am sure there are more and even more ruthless officers waiting in the wings to be promoted into these now vacant positions.

The big question is whether our regime with the help of useful idiots such as McLame will want to push ahead with another intervention.

1 posted on 07/18/2012 3:36:52 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat
We're finding out what a bad thing (for the civilized world) the Egyptian revolution was...will the same thing prove true in Syria????
2 posted on 07/18/2012 3:46:21 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barak.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: robowombat

Time to send Hillery! in to negociate.


3 posted on 07/18/2012 3:49:42 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: robowombat

Completely agree w/you.

The US should not go anywhere near this. It’s too bad that innocents are being slaughtered, but we are not capable of stopping it. If we were to get embroiled in a civil war where we furthermore have troops subject to gas, we would have no choice but to retaliate with extreme viciousness, and we’d be where, then?


4 posted on 07/18/2012 3:55:02 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: tet68

“Time to send Hillery! in to negociate.”

Dressed in a miniskirt and 5” heels!
(That should finish off the rest of the Syrian regime;)


5 posted on 07/18/2012 4:03:27 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: robowombat
State television said it was a suicide bomb.

Matthew 26:52

6 posted on 07/18/2012 4:07:08 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: robowombat

Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat and Security Chief General Hisham Ikhtiyar were both killed.

Al-Assad appointed General Fahd al-Jassem al-Freij, Chief of Staff of Syrian armed forces, to replace Rajiha.


7 posted on 07/18/2012 4:10:36 PM PDT by gandalftb (The art of diplomacy says "nice doggie", until you find a bigger rock.)
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To: robowombat

Just waiting for the chemical weapons to be released


8 posted on 07/18/2012 4:13:06 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: robowombat

I expect that if the bomber’s family hasn’t left the country, they will shortly be joining the bomber in paradise.


9 posted on 07/18/2012 4:15:24 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: gandalftb

Another top official died of injuries from the blast: Assistance Vice President Hassan Turkmani.

The Free Syrian Army planted the bomb a month ago and just waited for the meeting to happen.


10 posted on 07/18/2012 4:15:43 PM PDT by gandalftb (The art of diplomacy says "nice doggie", until you find a bigger rock.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
If we were to get embroiled in a civil war where we furthermore have troops subject to gas, we would have no choice but to retaliate with extreme viciousness, and we’d be where, then?

Nowhere, that's where.

Honestly, though, I wonder if we'd retaliate as you say. I seriously doubt it anymore.

Regardless, you're 100% correct. We need to stay far, far away from this thing.

11 posted on 07/18/2012 4:16:43 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: robowombat
Where's Nancy Pelosi? Doesn't she have her own seperate Department of State with contacts in Syria?


12 posted on 07/18/2012 4:18:21 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

A gruesome new video which appears to show Muammar Gaddafi’s dead body being abused by rebels has surfaced online.

In the shocking clip, which was posted to YouTube on Monday, high-spirited demonstrators apparently use the Libyan dictator’s corpse as a ventriloquist’s doll.

The footage came to light after a Syrian activist linked to it on Twitter, aiming a threat at Syria’s leader Bashar Al Assad..........

the rebels are the same bad guys we are fighting in Iraq..

the video is on you tube and dailymail..
I won’t post the pictures


13 posted on 07/18/2012 4:23:34 PM PDT by freedommom
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To: robowombat
I knew O’Blamer was a traitor when he stabbed the Iranian people in the back and supported the corrupt election of the mental midget. He gave Egypt to the brotherhood and he gave Libya to al quada but he refused to lift a finger (except the middle one) to help the opposition in Iran. He's either a pathetic imbecile or a traitor.
14 posted on 07/18/2012 4:26:32 PM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: Frank_2001
like it just finished off my appetite, so much for dinner...
15 posted on 07/18/2012 4:34:15 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: freedommom
i saw the video but they shoulda posted captions...
16 posted on 07/18/2012 4:36:54 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: robowombat

Probably trained and paid for by obama!


17 posted on 07/18/2012 4:41:02 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: freedommom

The only lesson I would hope we might learn from our involvement with Mideast Islamist types is that there is utterly no way to come out without stinking up the joint, big time. They’re not used to our ways. In contrast, they ARE used to animalistic, mass-slaughter like they tend to inflict upon each other from time to time. Nothing is going to change that for minimally 2-3 more generations. Let us confine our participation to wringing our hands and expressing our grief from afar.


18 posted on 07/18/2012 4:51:51 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Chode

I thought I heard english spoken at 15 second mark..
put it down put it down and at the last of tape f word


19 posted on 07/18/2012 5:05:47 PM PDT by freedommom
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To: Gay State Conservative
We're finding out what a bad thing (for the civilized world) the Egyptian revolution was...will the same thing prove true in Syria????

I got my Nomex suit on, so I can say it.
I can't afford to watch Glenn Beck any more, but is seems to me that he was saying that, and explaining why, over a year ago.

And the establishment, and the ignorant, laughed...

20 posted on 07/18/2012 5:14:42 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: robowombat
The big question is whether our regime with the help of useful idiots such as McLame will want to push ahead with another intervention.

The US pentagon claims that it would take 75,000 US troops to safely secure and control Syria's chemical WMD's. So we have two possibilities in the Hillary/Obama Plan for Disaster.

They are ready to send in the troops as soon as Assad falls. That was in their plan from the start and they just concealed that from the US populace.

Or, they never intended on controlling the Chemical WMD and they want them to either be used by Assad or scattered around the world to terrorist organizations and illegal arms dealers.

Either way, you could probably pick 1,000 people from any US phone book, and come up with a US leadership more honest and more law abiding then these two scumbags.

21 posted on 07/18/2012 6:20:41 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: robowombat
The most senior Syrian diplomat to defect and publicly embrace his country's uprising is calling for a foreign military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

He also rejected the Syrian government's common claim that the rebellion is being led by militants from al Qaeda.

Instead, he accused Damascus of cooperating closely with al Qaeda militants, ever since the U.S. invasion of neighboring Iraq in 2003.

"The Syrian regime felt threatened and felt that it, too, might fall," Fares recalled. "So they had an agreement with al Qaeda to keep the road open to Iraq. The militants started coming from all over the world through Syria, under the eyes of the Syrian secret police, which are directly responsible for the killing of thousands of Iraqis in Iraq as well as Americans and coalition forces.

The secret police were encouraging enthusiastic young people in Syria to go for jihad in Iraq and join al Qaeda," Fares continued. "Bashar al-Assad and his security forces are directly responsible for the killing of thousands and thousands of Iraqis and coalition forces, because he gave al Qaeda everything it needed. He trained and provided shelter and he built safe havens for them to hide in."

One of these "safe havens," Fares said, was the Syrian border village of al Sukariya, near the border city of Abu Kamal.

In October of 2008, the U.S. government claimed responsibility for a controversial cross-border raid into Syria near Abu Kamal. U.S. officials later told CNN that special forces soldiers and helicopter gunships targeted an Iraqi man named Abu Ghadiya, who they called "the top facilitator of al Qaeda foreign fighters into Iraq."

At the time, the Syrian government angrily protested the violation of its airspace and what it said was the killing of eight civilians.

Four years later, however, Fares claimed the American forces had in fact struck an al Qaeda training camp run by one of al-Assad's close relatives by marriage.

"This was a hiding place for al-Qaeda on the border with Iraq, and it was under the control of Assif Shawkat, the brother-in-law of the president," Fares said.

"One hour after the raid, Assif Shawkat was there at the location. A conversation took place between me and him ... and he was angry about the attack made against al Sukariya and he was kind of scared," Fares recalled. - CNN


22 posted on 07/18/2012 6:34:56 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
A previous Syrian leader used chemical weapons in Hom against the Muslim Brotherhood.
23 posted on 07/18/2012 7:12:05 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

Do you really doubt that Assad has been supporting the Baathist and al-qaeda insurgency killing our soldiers in Iraq? I don’t. I’ll be happy to see Assad die miserably along with the rest of his fellow savage islamofascists and that goes for his Iranian backers too.


24 posted on 07/18/2012 7:37:46 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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