44 dead in double suicide bombing

A double suicide bombing killed at least 44 people in Damascus, ruining efforts by the Syrian capital to avoid being caught up in the war that's destroying Syria.

The suicide bombers targeted buses holding Shiite pilgrims.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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The Syrian state news service, SANA, said attacks by two suicide bombers bearing explosive charges struck near the Bab Al Sagheer cemetery, just south of the Old City. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the two bombers had targeted buses carrying Shiite pilgrims, killing at least 44 people.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but there are many militants in Syria who aim both to kill Shiites and to undermine President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on the capital. They include the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda and the jihadists of the Islamic State.

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Since neither group holds significant territory near the site of the attacks, they point to a major security breach.

While such attacks are common elsewhere in Syria, they have become rare in Damascus as the war in Syria enters its seventh year, because Syrian forces and allied militias have pushed the rebels seeking to topple Mr. Assad out and solidified their control.

This is part of the reason President Trump signed an executive order restricting travel. What if this was two public transit buses in America? Or maybe two tour buses carrying students on their way to a sporting event? Or maybe a casino trip filled with elderly people?


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