No group has claimed responsibility for today's bombings in Damascus that killed at least 40 people, but an Al Qaeda-inspired group has claimed similar attacks in the past.
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Two explosions targeting a military intelligence facility in Damascus today have left at least 40 dead and at least 170 wounded in what government officials say might have been the largest attack on the capital since the uprising began in March 2011.
Central Damascus is under tight control of government forces, but it has been targeted by several other bombs since December, Associated Press reports. The government has blamed such bombings on Islamist militants using the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad as a cover. An Al Qaeda-inspired group has claimed responsibility for some past attacks and may be behind this one.
What is clear is that the conflict has turned violent on both sides.
Yesterday, United Nations special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan warned the country was on the brink of civil war and that adherence to a cease-fire brokered in April was the only way to step back from the ledge.