July 19, 2012

Assad Regime Suffers a Crippling Blow

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The bomb blast that ripped through a security headquarters in Damascus Wednesday claimed a number of high-profile victims, marking the latest phase in an uprising that continues to confound experts and Syrian officials who continue to claim that they are confronting the work of scattered groups of trouble-makers. If the Syrian regime needed any further convincing that it is losing its grip on power, it came in the form of the explosion, which allowed the Syrian rebels to demonstrate that they indeed had the power to strike at President Bashar Assad’s inner circle.

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