AP reports that today's bombings in Damascus were among the deadliest since large-scale attacks began in December and were followed by attacks in Idlib, Aleppo, and other cities. The targeted building is part of a compound housing a "feared section" of Syrian intelligence services, known as the Palestine Branch. The bombs went off as workers were arriving for work.
The opposition Syrian National Council insisted that the Assad regime was behind the bombings, saying it orchestrated them to arouse sympathy for the government, proving that there would be chaos without Assad, and to undermine support for the opposition by portraying them as terrorists, Agence France-Presse reports. "This is the only way for the regime to claim that what is happening in Syria is the work of terrorist gangs and that Al Qaeda is expanding its presence in Syria," said Samir Nashar, a member of the group.
A Syrian activist in Damascus echoed those beliefs in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “This is the work of the regime,” the man, named Moaz, said. “No one else has the capability for an explosion like this, not the Free Syrian Army [the rebels' armed forces], not anyone. If the Free Syrian Army had this ability it would have freed Syria a long time ago.”
“The message is don’t mess with the regime and all the (UN) monitors don’t matter to me and I will convince the entire world with my point of view that there are terrorists in the country,” Moaz said.