Did Syria Destroy Its Own Intelligence Agency? - Global - the Atlantic Wire
Following two explosions that ripped the face off a Syrian intelligence building comes a brazen allegation: That Syrian security forces carried out the attacks themselves.
The explosion in Damascus Thursday killed up to 55 people and, according to the Syrian Interior Ministry, injured 372 others. While the Syrian government blamed the attacks on “foreign-backed” opposition forces, Syria’s two opposition movements, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Committee, denied carrying out the attacks, claiming that Syrian security forces were responsible. The question for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is whether the opposition forces are technically capable of carrying out such an attack. The question for the opposition forces is whether the Syrian regime is actually this desperate to discredit the opposition.
As for the latter question, the regime would have to be incredibly hopeless to resort to such tactics. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the blasts “destroyed the nation’s intelligence agency,” reports CNN. The Associared Press’ Bassam Mroue describes the building as being “heavily” damaged, “leaving blood and human remains in the streets.” Would the regime be willing to lose its intelligence resources for a PR stunt?