September 27, 2008
Seventeen Dead In Car Bomb
This is the kind of headline you'd expect in Iraq, not in Syria. But it happened earlier today on a main road between Damascus airport and the Syrian capital.
These sorts of attacks are extremely rare in Syria.
So who is behind it?
Well, the explosion occurred near some Syrian military intelligence offices. Large scale attacks in Syria may be rare, but in recent years, there has been some low-scale religious militant activity by groups opposed to Syria's secular military regime.
The car that killed at least 17, all of them reportedly civilians, was packed with 200 kilos of explosives.
Are extremist Sunni militants shifting to a higher gear in Syria?
Perhaps, but let's keep in mind the blast rocked an area close to a major Shia shrine. Could the attackers have attempted to target pilgrims?
Regardless of who is responsible, this will have hardline regime authorities - an ordinary Syrians - worried.
(Photo AP - a man cleans up debris after an explosion blew out windows and damaged property in a Damascus suburb.)
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