Bomb kills 18 near Damascus
A car bomb killed 18 people in a mainly Christian and Druze suburb of Damascus on Tuesday as rebels seized a key northern air base after a series of reverses. The rebels' capture of the Minnigh base in Aleppo province came after they overran villages in Latakia province, heartland of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, and marked a turnaround after the loss of two strongholds. Tuesday evening's bombing was the latest in a spate of attacks to hit the southeastern suburb of Jaramana and also wounded 56 people, state media said.
"The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, an Al-Qaeda front organisation) and other opposition groups took total control at dawn today of Minnigh air base," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Analysts say rebels are trying to clear the north of remaining regime positions, even as the army is attempting to drive them out of the country's centre.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation