No sign of Assad after bomb kills kin, rebels close in | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2012-07-19T01:19:14-04:00
"Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat, a top commander and one of the pillars of the Assad clan's rule, was killed in the blast along with Defense Minister Daoud Rajha. Another senior general also was killed and the heads of intelligence and the Interior Ministry were wounded, deeply damaging the security apparatus of the Assad family"
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