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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bomb Strikes At Heart Of Syrian Regime

Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Dawoud Rajha last September. (Syrian Arab News Agency / AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian rebels say they carried out the bombing that killed the country’s defense minister and his deputy Wednesday. The defense minister is the most senior regime official to be killed in the uprising, but the killing of the deputy defense minister, Assef Shawkat, may be even more significant. Shawkat was married to President Bashar Al-Assad’s sister and had previously led the country’s feared military intelligence operation.

The bomb that killed the men exploded during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and top security officers in the heart of the capital, Damascus. Analysts say the success of the bombing suggests that rebels have high level allies within the regime, because the operation required the rebels to know when the meeting was taking place and to be able to penetrate one of the country’s most secure buildings.

Guest:

  • Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times

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  • Samlange1201

    Those so called “freedom fighters” are nothing more than CIA backed terrorists. US taxpayer dollars at work.

    Look up “Democracy Promotion” on a search engine and read all about the new and improved methods to overthrow throw governments which refuse to march to Washington’s order.
    Democracy Promotion is a friendly version of the old CIA methods of assassination, chaos, etc. of the past. However its still the same old Capitalism’s Invisible Army behind the scenes. The same CIA that is also known as Criminals In Action or the Cocaine Importing Agency.
    Again, your tax dollars at work. Don’t have enough money locally for your roads, schools, hospitals, crumbling infrastructure. Too bad, its being diverted to all these illegal wars of Washington to advance the agenda of the Globalists or New World Order.
    If anyone remembers the Project for a New American Century, well this one of their projects. They were active in the days of the Bush Regime.

     http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/jan/31/american-democracy-promotion-rings-hollow

    http://rt.com/usa/news/democracy-promotion-usa-regime/ 

    http://www.newamerica.net/files/Revitalizing_US_Democracy_Promotion.pdf 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

       I have no doubt what you say is true, but it isn’t the complete truth.  It is a more complex situation than just a CIA plot.  There is plenty of blame to go around.

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