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No sign of Assad after bomb kills kin, battles rage

Posted By admin On July 19, 2012 @ 2:29 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Mariam Karouny and Oliver Holmes
Reuters [1]
July 19, 2012

Mystery surrounded the whereabouts of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, as battles raged in the center of Damascus a day after a bomber killed his top security chiefs.

The Syrian leader made no public appearance and no statement after a bomb in the heart of the capital killed his powerful brother-in-law, his defense minister and a top general, drawing fierce army retaliation with heavy artillery against the rebels.

On Thursday morning, residents said there was no let-up in the heaviest fighting to hit the city in a 16-month revolt against Assad’s rule, now into its fifth day.

The fighting came within sight of the presidential palace, near the security headquarters where the bomber struck a crisis meeting of defense and security chiefs.

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[1] Reuters: http://news.yahoo.com/no-sign-assad-bomb-kills-kin-rebels-close-000219552.html

[2] Suicide bomb kills 50 Syrian security men: Observatory: http://www.prisonplanet.com/suicide-bomb-kills-50-syrian-security-men-observatory.html

[3] Media Blames Assad For Bombing Carried Out by Anti-Assad Terrorists: http://www.prisonplanet.com/media-blames-assad-for-bombing-carried-out-by-anti-assad-terrorists.html

[4] Report: Assad Disappears from Damascus: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-assad-disappears-from-damascus.html

[5] Al Qaida groups lead Syrian rebels’ seizure of air base in sign they continue to dominate anti-Assad forces: http://www.prisonplanet.com/al-qaida-groups-lead-syrian-rebels-seizure-of-air-base-in-sign-they-continue-to-dominate-anti-assad-forces.html

[6] Rebels reportedly target Assad’s convoy, Syrian president said to be unhurt: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syrian-information-minister-denies-attack-on-assads-motorcade.html

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