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Entries from September 2008

Tess’s comment

September 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m reposting Tess’s comment from the All Eyes on Damascus post, just because it’s very apt. “I find it fascinating how differently people choose to report the bombing: which religious sites are near, how quickly it was reported, the rarity of the bombing, the connections to the last bombing in Syria years ago, a prisoner […]

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Eid on Wednesday in Syria

September 29th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Eid will be on Wednesday in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Sudan and Pakistan. Eid will be on Tuesday for: Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar, the Emirates, Palestine, Yemen, Libya and – controversially – only Iraq’s Sunnis. Could the political split be any more obvious?

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Where was the Damascus bomb? Not near a ‘Shia shrine’.

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Most western media persist in saying the bomb site was “near the Shia shrine of Saida Zeinab”. My map clearly shows that is totally misleading. As Orientalista points out, the attack was much closer to the Palestinian/Golani/Iraqi area of Jaramana. And it was actually closer to the “Christian shrines” in the Old City, if we […]

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Why the Saudi silence?

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

It has been three days since seventeen innocent people were blown to pieces in Damascus. The UN, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, Lebanon, Jordan and most of the world has condemned the attack. But one country is missing. Saudi Arabia has not uttered a single word. The Guardians of the Two Holy Sites have […]

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Damascus bomb was a suicide attack

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Saturday’s bomb on the airport road in Damascus was a suicide attack. A car bomb killed 17 people in the south of the city. The early results of the investigation show that an Islamist terrorist entered Syria on Friday – the day before the attack. He came from a neighbouring Arab country – but authorities […]

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5 dead in Tripoli explosion

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

At least 5 people have been killed and 17 wounded in a bus bomb in Tripoli. The bus was carrying soldiers. It happened in the Buhsas area of the city during the morning rush hour. It’s six weeks since the last bus bomb in the city – which killed 15 people including 10 soldiers. Al-Qaeda […]

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SNAP: Explosion in Tripoli

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A bomb has gone off in Tripoli. It exploded near a bus carrying Lebanese soldiers. There have been casualties. Tripoli is thought to be a centre for Al Qaeda-supporting terrorists. Many have been funded by the Hariri government.

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It could’ve been much worse

September 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The bomb happened on a Saturday morning, the second day of the weekend. If it had happened one day later, many many children would’ve been killed. The explosion happened outside a school – large parts of the building have been destroyed.

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All eyes on Damascus

September 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Here’s what the world is saying about Saturday morning’s car bomb in Sayida Zeinab, southern Damascus. “Seventeen dead in car bomb. This is the kind of headline you’d expect in Iraq, not in Syria.” – Hala Gorani, CNN, United States. “It should be said that no American has been killed by terrorists in Syria throughout […]

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Rest in peace

September 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

To the seventeen innocent men and women who left their houses in Saida Zeinab this morning, and never came home. And shame on some people who are suggesting the victims were soldiers and police, who deserved to die. Shame shame shame. Your hunger for power at all costs makes me sick. Crawl back into your […]

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