Thursday February 20, 2020

Syria heading for more deadly phase

Extremist insurgents are using Syria as a playing field in the worsening crisis, writes Stephen Starr.

12th May, 2012
A Syrian man reacts as flames and smoke rise from burned cars after two bombs exploded in the Qazaz district of Damascus last Thursday. Photo: AP

The conflict in Syria is set to enter a more deadly phase as extremist insurgents take up an increasingly central role in the revolt. The biggest bombing since the beginning of the Syrian rebellion rocked a southern Damascus suburb last Thursday, killing more than 60 people and leaving the UN-initiated peace plan for the country hanging by a thread.

The apparent target of the bombing, an intelligence complex that deals with Israeli security, experienced some structural...

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