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Blasts may have struck prison of torture in Syria
CNN ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Ashley Fantz and Salma Abdelaziz, CNN

Posted on 10/09/2012 4:50:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

...the thunderous clap of two car bombs exploding outside an Air Force Intelligence compound outside Damascus Monday night...

Air Force Intelligence, known as the AFI, is considered the elite, primary agency of Syria's intelligence matrix. There are 17 branches of Syrian intelligence, according to Syrian experts. President Bashar al-Assad relies on AFI to gather information on rebels fighting to oust him.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights raised the possibility that "hundreds of regime forces" were killed in the attack, but concrete casualty figures were impossible to obtain. Government opponents also said they feared for the lives of "hundreds if not thousands of anti-government detainees that are being held in the basements of the air force security compound."

The strike could hurt al-Assad because the intelligence agency is such an important branch of the president's security and spying apparatus...

The Air Force Intelligence agency runs detention facilities in major cities. In one Human Rights Watch report this year, former detainees described being beaten, whipped and electrocuted and burned with hot water and acid in a center run by air force personnel...

The use of torture by those who ostensibly answer to the regime has been well-documented throughout the Syrian war...

Rebels fighting to oust al-Assad told CNN that they fear many detainees were killed in the blasts. Opposition forces are not the ones claiming to have targeted the Air Force Intelligence compound...

A shadowy jihadist group called al Nusra Front claimed to have set off the bombs...

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: syria
Syrian rebels ride a motorcycle during a patrol in the town of Tal Abyad near the border with Turkey on Friday.

Blasts may have struck prison of torture in Syria

1 posted on 10/09/2012 4:50:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Newly re-elected Hugo Chavez says Venezuela will keep supporting Syria's leader and government -- The Washington Post

2 posted on 10/09/2012 4:53:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Hezbollah MP: No fighters in Syria
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2012/10/09/Hezbollah-MP-No-fighters-in-Syria/UPI-33621349788569/

FSA threatens to take fight to Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Oct-10/190818-fsa-threatens-to-take-fight-to-hezbollah-stronghold-in-beirut.ashx


3 posted on 10/09/2012 5:02:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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fighters killed in syria site:freerepublic.com
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4 posted on 10/09/2012 5:03:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Who would have thought Air Force dudes could be so bad ass...


5 posted on 10/09/2012 5:20:29 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

Hey, if they didn’t learn to fly before this, when those bombs went off...


6 posted on 10/09/2012 5:48:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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