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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Damascus: Holiday festivities end with a [car bomb] bang

Screen grab Fox News
Now that the big Muslim holiday Eid Al-Fitr is over, it's time for jihadis to once again start blowing themselves up along with as many infidels as possible in order to achieve the gift of Paradise and 72 virgins, young boys and rivers of wine.

Sounds like a good deal if you believe that sort of rubbish.

Several car bomb explosions marked the celebration of jihad in Syria's capital of Damascus. One explosion was caused by a suicide attacker who, when surrounded by security forces, "Allahu Akbarred" himself into tiny bite-size pieces, killing eight others and wounding about a dozen more.

According to state media, security forces intercepted two other car bombs and neutralized them via controlled explosions. Footage from state TV of Tahreer Square in central Damascus show the facade of a building badly damaged and a bunch of 'totaled' cars parked in a small roundabout ('roundaboot' in Canadian).

Attacks in the heart of Damascus are rare, but this one began during the morning commute on the first day back from the Ramadan Boomathon.

The Interior Ministry said that security forces were tracking three cars heading for 'Dodge' and were able to stop two of them at checkpoints on the airport road. A third car made it into the city center where the driver blew himself up near Tahreer Square.

The Syrian Ministry of Local Administration, Hussein Mkhlouf (no relation to Barack Hussein Obama) said the security force's response was a "major success in foiling a plot" to cause mass casualties.

Tell that to the families of the dead and the wounded.

There were conflicting reports on casualties. While Syrian state propaganda TV reported 8 dead, 12 wounded, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported at least 12 killed. The Hezbollah-linked Lebanon's al-Manar TV, which is close to the Syrian government, and Diary of a Mortar, a Syrian activist group, said 19 people were killed.

Syrian President Bashar "The Chin" Assad had made a series of public appearances last week to show his confidence after 6 years of civil war. He may be in hiding at this time but it's doubtful that we'll see him diddy-bopping around Tahreer Square anytime soon.

ISIS has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Joe Scarborough claims Donald Trump is responsible for the violence everywhere.