Syria explosion: Car bomb kills 17 in Damascus

Telegraph.co.uk, last Updated: 8:22AM BST 27 Sep 2008

A car bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing at least 17 people at a road crossing leading to the country’s main airport and an important Shia shrine.

Syrian television said the car had been rigged with 440lb of explosives and went off at Sidi Kadad near a security checkpoint on the airport road.

All the victims were reported to have been civilian passers by. Reporters were barred from approaching the scene of the attack, which was sealed off by security forces.

The explosion, which also injured at least 14 people, was the first blast in Syria since February, when another car bomb killed Imad Moughniyah, the head of Lebanon’s Hizbollah militia group.

Some outside observers have speculated that that attack was the motivation behind the assassination of a top Syrian commander involved in the country’s nuclear programme in August.

It is not yet clear whether the bomb was directed at the security installation, the airport or at Shia pilgrims flocking to the Sit Zeinab shrine.

Zeinab was the Prophet Mohammed’s granddaughter through his favourite daughter Fatima and son-in-law Ali – one of the four Sunni “righteously guided” Caliphs, and the first of the Shia Imams.

She is the subject of great devotion from Shia pilgrims from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.

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51. Jad said:

Alex,
You are right, many people in Syria are very angry that the KSA! didn’t send any sympathy letter yet, two days after the attack..what a shame.

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September 28th, 2008, 8:17 pm

 

52. Karim said:

Jad if tomorrow for one reason or other, Maher and Bashar decide to bomb Damascus and kill 10 000 syrian civilians ,what would be your position ?Is that not likely scenario ?
I dont believe in the honesty of those who had not been hurt by the past massacres of the regime against innocent civilians in all syrian cities and i hope that you are not one of them.

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September 28th, 2008, 8:41 pm

 

53. Seeking the Truth said:

JAD,

See my comment no. 20 above, and notice the words: this criminal act!

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September 28th, 2008, 10:36 pm

 

54. Jad said:

I don’t understand your point Karim or what do you want to say in your vague statement. If you have nothing to write,then don’t.
You always try to show one part of your brothers story which everybody already know the other part of their bloddy history till today, and that they killed too many innocent Syrians just to get to power and make Syria an OUMMA like Afghanistan, and when the government, the regime, the authorities or whatever you want to call them, shut them up with the only language they understand they play the human rights card.
I was there when your brothers bomb Alazbakiya and I was there when they blow the bus stations and buses..and I’m here now when Sunday’s explosion happen, and because of people who are so blind with the wrong meaning of religion, all that happened so don’t try to defend who ever did this by blaming the regime without any evidence.
For now I’ll wait to see who did it and then I state what I think.

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September 28th, 2008, 11:41 pm

 

55. Karim said:

Jad ,i knew in advance the kind of answer you would give us.
But even if what you said is true and it’s not of course ,al azbakiya ,there is no prove that it was the Ikhwan ,and even if it was them,there is no excuse to kill 10 000′s of innocent civilians in Hama in few days.
But i know people like you were happy when this happened ,so avoid us this kind of silly responses.
People like you hates Syrian muslims.And this is why you looked for a silly excuse to defend the regime crimes against the syrian people(and not the brotherhood)but i know for you brotherhood is synonym of Muslim,even the Baathi muslim or the atheists of muslim background,this is why you said “my brothers” did azbakiya bomb attack.
I’m sure that if Bashar and Maher kill 10 000 damascene muslims ,it will not have an impact on your mind and instead of this you will search for bad excuses as usual with people who have a minority sectarian complex.

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September 28th, 2008, 11:58 pm

 

56. norman said:

Karim ,

Don’t act silly please ,

Nobody is happy to what happened in Hama , but what happened happened , people can talk about the killing that the MB did in the late seventies , they killed university teachers with no other crime but their religion,

Some people feel that what happened in Hama saved Syria from an Algerian type civil war .

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September 29th, 2008, 12:12 am

 

57. Karim said:

Syrians just to get to power and make Syria an OUMMA like Afghanistan

This sentence say a lot on your hatred towards the Muslims of Syria and Jad,Oumma means union of several countries ,what you thought for is called an emirat.

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September 29th, 2008, 12:12 am

 

58. jad said:

Karim, your comments are way lower than I even consider replying.
Piece of advise, you need to grow up kid, instead of writing your meaningless statement, It will take you time to be smart and open minded, but keep trying.

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September 29th, 2008, 12:12 am

 

59. Karim said:

Norman no one gave a permission to Asad and his brother to order his men to rape syrian girls and to kill left and right ,and when such things happen and it happened you know ,the answer is normal and any people(and animals) in the world would have reacted if subjected to such state terror

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September 29th, 2008, 12:15 am

 

60. Karim said:

History tell you that such kind of behavior was unknown in Syria prior to Asad regime and the Brotherhood existed since Syria’s independence and were part of several governments.
And i believe that this hatred in the mind of some young christian syrians towards the muslims is one of the many bad influences of the syrian regime on the syrian population.In reality they are the first victims of this regime,it’s not the muslims who oblige them to emigrate in search of a honorable life.Their fathers and our fathers were not obliged to leave this rich country and they were like brothers.Who changed Syria to worse ?

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September 29th, 2008, 12:20 am

 

61. Jad said:

Are you done????
I am not you, Karim, who hate and show proudly my hatred toward other religions, it is not me nor most of the Christian Syrians young and old.
I’m seriously laughing at your statement (And i believe that this hatred in the mind of some young christian syrians towards the muslims ) do you know the percentage of those?!?! ( search for a honorable life) are you high on something man?
I’ll stop here since I don’t have time to waste on arguing with somebody as smart and as open-minded as you are.

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September 29th, 2008, 12:40 am

 

62. norman said:

Karim,

Can you please stop this talk , Christians some or many are not against Muslims or Islam we prefer Syrian Muslims to western Christians while you prefer Muslim Turks or even Indonesians to Syrian and Arab Christians , and that is sad ,

Can we now move to how we can make Syria better for all Syrians.

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September 29th, 2008, 12:40 am

 

63. Karim said:

Norman ,for me it has nothing to do with religious or philosophical belonging ,so i can say that i prefer an israeli gentleman to any muslim with bad behavior.

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September 29th, 2008, 1:07 am

 

64. norman said:

Karim,

Say it , it could be hard for you , you prefer Christian Arab Syrian than a bad Muslim , Just say it .you and we will feel better.

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September 29th, 2008, 1:11 am

 

65. Karim said:

LOL Norman there is no need to say it ,it’s obvious.I have rarely met syrian muslims who prefer a bad muslims to good christians or other if it’s the case they are victims of the same kind of complex that the christians i criticized above.

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September 29th, 2008, 1:48 am

 

66. norman said:

Karim,

Until you say it you can be trusted as real Syrian Arab , may be Muslim Syrian but not Syrian Arab.

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September 29th, 2008, 2:47 am

 

67. Karim said:

Norman,
Arab totalitarian regimes are those who homogenized our countries.I’m a pan Arabist and also pan Islamist,not for religious theocratic states but for a powerful and pluri religious islamic world so were the Ummayad,Abbassid and Ottoman empires and a Syria without a significant christian community is a Syria that has lost its essence ,christian heritage is part of myself so it’s normal that I feel myself closer to a Syrian ,Palestinian or Lebanese christians than Saudi,Egyptian or Turkish muslims.

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September 29th, 2008, 6:28 am

 

68. Zenobia said:

Queen Zenobia wants to put her two cents in and offer her own perspective.

A small point first: I don’t believe in the original sin kind of reasoning , and that you can blame the son for the sins of the father. Therefore, until the son orchestrates the murder of thousands of people, we cannot hold him responsible for the sin of brutality of the elder father Assad.

Meanwhile, to the current shocker incident:

I say, Welcome to Al Qaeda in Syria.

When the Israeli Intelligence or the Syrian Intelligence wants to kill someone, they don’t drive large trucks of explosives around and fuck up the mission. No, they go assassinate the particular person or persons. So this is one reason these hypotheses are rather unlikely.

Whereas, the MO of the al qaeda types is the explosion and the suicide bomb. They love this, very dramatic and big.

I believe that there are great undercurrents existing and continuously arising in various places, and manifesting…afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, now Syria.
What is the commonality?

The message: do not make peace with the Americans. Do not make peace with the Israelis. and do not think that the Shia will be permitted to rule the day, either in Iraq or in Lebanon.

We will kill the politicians of March 14 who are patsies of the Americans, and even attack the Lebanese army if it gets in our way or bends down to Hezbollah too much and especially when it has tried to destroyed our encampments and our strongholds. One of the army’s generals had to pay the price. Do not think you can take over Tripoli certainly. This is also our territory.
We have killed a revered leader of Hezbollah to show the reach of our power. We can kill even an Syrian Intelligence agent or an associate of the Syrian regime, especially if he has privileged information that he may be forced to reveal to the agents of the West. We can set off a bomb in Damascus when necessary; perhaps we missed our real target this last time, but it was somewhere in that midst and the message is there: lest the regime miss it – don’t go too far with your dance with France and your peace overtures to Israel. It will not be tolerated.

We may have many names and be as elusive and indestructible as as a spider’s web that is spun and reformed as fast as you can pull it apart. But soon you will call us Al Qaeda in Syria.

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September 29th, 2008, 6:50 am

 

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