Top of the Agenda: Car Bomb Targets Ruling Baath Party in Damascus

Council on Foreign Relations

February 21, 2013

Daily News Brief

At least thirty-five people were killed when a car bomb exploded near the headquarters of Syria’s ruling Baath party and the Russian embassy in the center of Damascus on Thursday. Rebels have tried to push the front lines of fighting to central Damascus, which has been relatively insulated so far from the civil war, and the latest bombings and the recent mortar attacks suggest they may be shifting to guerrilla tactics to destabilize the seat of Assad’s power. The attack comes as the opposition Syrian National Coalition met in Cairo and said it was willing to negotiate a peace deal to end the conflict with the condition that any peace deal must be under the auspices of the United States and Russia.

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