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Suicide bomber kills Syria's defense minister
 
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has killed thousands in its crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising that began nearly two years ago.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has killed thousands in its crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising that began nearly two years ago.
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Syria's defense minister, Daoud Rajha, was killed along with President Bashar al-Assad's brother in-law, Assef Shawkat, in an apparent suicide bomb attack on Wednesday. The blast occurred during a high-level security meeting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, which has been the target of a rebel offensive for several days. Reuters said it was unclear whether Assad himself was present during what the government has called a "terrorist bombing," but his intelligence chief and interior minister were wounded. A Syrian security official told Reuters the bomber was a bodyguard assigned to Assad's inner circle.

 

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