Suicide attack, clashes kill Syrian soldiers near Damascus

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At least 16 Syrian security forces members were killed on Friday as a result of a suicide car bomber at an army checkpoint in the suburbs of Damascus and subsequent fighting, an opposition monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that rockets were fired into the government controlled suburb of Jaramana during the clashes.

In response, regime forces reportedly launched four air raids on nearby districts held by the opposition.

The British-based Observatory, which has a network of activists throughout the country, said the suicide bomber was from the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate. They also stated that other opposition groups had joined Nusra for this particular attack.

The Observatory said that Syrian fighter jets struck areas heavily infiltrated by the opposition areas in retaliation.

The attack was reported by Syrian state television, stating that several people were killed and wounded in what they described as a “terrorist bombing.” The station did not report the exact death toll.

The two and a half year conflict, which began with protests against President Bashar al-Assad and degenerated into a civil war, has killed more than 100,000 people, according to activist groups.

(With Reuters)

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