1. SYRIA

    Car Bombs Hit Damascus

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    Two car bombs hit the Syrian capital of Damascus early Saturday morning, killing at least 27 security forces and civilians, according to state-run TV, which broadcast the horrific carnage. The blasts reportedly targeted the government’s aviation-intelligence and criminal-security department buildings. A reporter from the Associated Press said shooting broke out shortly after the explosions—the latest in a string of suicide bombings that have killed dozens of people since late December. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime again blamed “terrorist forces” for the attacks, though the opposition says government forces had strategically set up the bombings to tarnish their reputation.

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