Syrian defense minister killed by suicide bomber

This one hits close to home for Assad. Syrian defense minister, Daoud Rajha, and Asef Shawkat, the president's brother-in-law who was the deputy chief of staff of the Syrian military, were killed by a suicide bomber yesterday. New York Times: The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said all the members of the crisis group set up by President Assad to try to put down the revolt were are either dead or injured. But there was no official confirmation of that account. With tensions already high in Damascus after three days of clashes between the Syrian Army and rebels near the city center, SANA, the official news agency, described the assault as a "suicide terrorist attack." Opponents claimed a major victory. "The Syrian regime has started to collapse," said the activist who heads the Syrian Observatory. "There was fighting for three days inside Damascus, it was not just a gun battle, and now someone has killed or injured all these important people." Rumors...(Read Full Post)