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Rebels hit army headquarters in Damascus
Reuters ^ | Sunday, September 2, 2012 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis

Posted on 09/03/2012 1:08:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Syrian rebels said they planted bombs inside the Syrian army's General Staff headquarters in central Damascus on Sunday as President Bashar al-Assad's forces bulldozed buildings to the ground in parts of the capital that have backed the uprising.

Syrian state television said four people were wounded in what it called a terrorist attack on the General Staff compound in the highly guarded Abu Rummaneh district, where another bomb attack killed four of Assad's top lieutenants two months ago.

"The operation targeted officers in the Assad army who have been planning and giving the go ahead for the massacres against the Syrian people," said a video statement by the Grandsons of the Prophet brigade, a division of the Free Syrian Army...

But as the rebels demonstrated they could strike at the heart of the security apparatus, residents said army bulldozers moved on al-Zayat and Farouk neighborhoods to the west, and destroyed at least 20 buildings in the Sunni Muslim areas that have sheltered the insurgents.

In the eastern Damascus neighborhood of Hazza, footage taken by activists on Sunday showed several buildings on fire. Opposition sources said the army had earlier stormed the area and executed 27 young men...

Activist video footage from the area showed a young man lying dead beside a yellow taxi, shot in the face. Another dead youth was in the driver seat, blood covering his head and chest.

Assad belongs to the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam that has dominated power since members of the sect led a military coup in 1963. Assad's father took power in 1970.

Loyalist forces killed at least 25 men on Sunday when they shelled and stormed al-Fan, a Sunni village in the province of Hama, opposition campaigners said.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; russia; syria; waronterror

(Additional reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi and Laila Bassam; Editing by Jon Hemming)
A view shows the wreckage after a car bomb exploded in the Jaramana district of southeast Damascus September 3, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A car bomb exploded on Monday in a religiously mixed district on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media and opposition campaigners said.The Local Coordination Committees said ambulances were ferrying wounded people from the Wihdeh roundabout in Jaramanah after the explosion. State news agency SANA said the wounded included women and children. [Credit: Reuters/SANA]

Rebels hit army headquarters in Damascus

1 posted on 09/03/2012 1:08:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Syria army destroys houses in “collective punishment”
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/03/us-syria-crisis-bulldozers-idUSBRE8820BC20120903


2 posted on 09/03/2012 1:09:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

But if an American soldier pees on a dead taliban terrorist...


3 posted on 09/03/2012 1:23:39 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

:’)


4 posted on 09/03/2012 6:50:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Good job by the Syrian government. Go Assad, killem sunni jihadis...


5 posted on 09/04/2012 3:31:43 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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