Eight members of Syria's military intelligence were killed and dozens wounded, many of them in critical condition, when two car bombs exploded Thursday in the parking lot of a military intelligence building near the southern frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, opposition activists said Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombs were planted by the al-Nusra Front, an anti-Assad Islamist group.
A resident from the town of Saasa, where the bombs went off, told Israel Radio, "I heard an explosion. I did not see it. It was a very large explosion."
We notice that the al-Nusra Front has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Therefore, we wonder what basis the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has to claim the Front is responsible for the bombing. The SITE monitoring group, which tracks jihadist websites, did not mention anything about the relation of al-Nusra Front with this bombing.
On the other hand, Syrian media did not mention anything regarding these bombings, which opposition sources believe killed a colonel who had been leading the fight against armed opposition in the liberated areas of the Golan Heights.
On Thursday night, Syrian TV reported that a powerful blast rocked a security office in the Sasa Kanaker suburb of Damascus, leaving large number of security personnel dead. No group claimed responsibility for the deadly blasts. However, opposition activists said the explosion was inside the local branch of the national security service.
Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was shown on state television Thursday attending a ceremony at the Al-Afram mosque in Damascus to mark the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. After the ceremony, Syrian TV showed a crowd of regime officials, Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun and religious men loyal to the regime gathered around Assad to offer greetings and express their support to their beloved president.
The last time Assad appeared in public was Jan. 6, making a speech to supporters in which he dismissed calls for his removal and said he had no partners with whom to negotiate for an end to the 22-month conflict. However, he offered a roadmap that includes a national reconciliation conference and a new government and constitution, but demanded regional and Western countries to stop funding and arming terrorists first.
Former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford told CNN on Thursday that the president's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, has gone to the United Arab Emirates amid signs that her son's grip on power is weakening. Ford also said that members of the regime, little by little, are flaking off, adding that they themselves know the regime is losing.
The champions of the Free Syrian Army and their factions believe that bombings are the quickest way to eliminate the regime. Last night, there were several bombings in different parts of Syria targeting the army and Shabiha gangs. According to opposition sources, the blasts were very strong. These bombings were also considered a message to the regime, which is targeting civilians.
As usual, when bombings occur at military sites the regime avoids mentioning such news because the regime usually accuses the armed opposition of committing massacres against civilians. This accusation was always denied by the opposition, who confirm that they only target the regime's army and Shabiha gangs.
According to the information that has been mentioned on several opposition websites, the opposition forces operating in the border areas between Israel and Syria are groups from Ahrar al-Sham Brigades, al-Nusra Front and Tal'iah al-Islamiyya. Thus, one of these groups will be responsible for the bombing that targeted the military intelligence building.
Some sources say the death toll is more than 150 people because the building was completely destroyed and at the time it was full of soldiers and officers.
As for the appearance of Bashar in the media, no doubt what the US ambassador mentioned is true, that the regime is collapsing and the regime members knows this very well. For this, Bashar has to face the fact that he now controls a very small part of Syria. For sure, the people will triumph over this dictator. We pray to Allah to support our people in Syria, assuring them that victory is just around the corner!