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SYRIAN REBELS BOMB GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE COMPLEX WHICH CLEARLY WASN’T DOING A GOOD JOB
October 9 2012
Harasta, Syria – As is the case in any war, the war in Syria has gone back and forth throughout. On the surface it would appear that the government has the advantage and, given the number of reports of cities being attacked and mass slaughters, it would appear that they are using that advantage completely.
The rebels, though, even as a hodgepodge collection of fighters, have scored some major victories throughout the conflict. Even faced with serious artillery, planes, and armour and having many of their people killed the rebel forces have hit the government hard at times, even coming close to killing President Bashar al-Assad on at least on occasion.
Now the rebels have hit another major target, an Air Force intelligence complex in a suburb of Damascus. While the complex was not completely destroyed, the strike shows just how sophisticated and organized rebel groups have become in recent months and, really, that the government intelligence agencies have kind of slipped, allowing the nobodies to blow up one of their own facilities, a place that was designed to prevent such things from happening at all.
“We have targeted the Air Force Intelligence because it is one of the most notorious security divisions, and a citadel of repression whose extent is known only to God,” said a spokesperson for the al-Nusra Front which claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Air Force Intelligence (AFI) is believed to be the place where most prisoners are taken and tortured for intelligence which clearly did not help them today.
The rebel group detonated at least ten tonnes of explosives at the headquarters which is really way more than they should have had if the intelligence service had been doing its job.
“This is certainly not going to be a turning point in this war, heck there may never be a turning point in thus war, but it certainly is not a good thing for the government to have had happen. Obviously it hurts because of the losses they have to endure as a result of the bombing itself but it’s also pretty embarrassing to have your intelligence agency blown up, that’s got to suck,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “It’s just embarrassing to have something like that happen because clearly the people studying the enemy are not doing a very good job. Luckily they were probably blown up so at least they don’t have to worry about punishment.”
It’s not clear how many were killed in the attack but some guessed dozens.
“It will be interesting to see if this impacts the ability of the government to actually continue waging war but probably not. I mean maybe, maybe if they were actually using the facility in an effective way it would have been damaging but clearly it was rather ineffective on the whole and so this may not have changed the dynamic at all, or even a little bit, which makes it kind of a dumb target to hit,” continued Martinez. “I’m sure though that the government will have to at least consider it. If nothing else it is evidence that the rebels have become more ambitious and more daring and that could be very troublesome, though I’m guessing that they literally don’t have intelligence on such a status right now. Like literally don’t have it.”
It’s not clear if the government will actually clean up the mess made by the explosion or just leave it as is.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent