So let's get this straight, the Obama administration is backing the homicide bombers who promise the mass genocide of Christians and Alawites:
Left to lie where she was cut down: Shocking image of the innocent little girl slaughtered in Syria's civil war who was denied even some dignity in death
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- Five explosions tear through pro-Assad district of Aleppo
- Government releases disturbing footage and blames 'terrorists'
- Reports say more than 90 injured on top of deaths
- Security forces kill three suicide bombers, according to pro-government TV
- Shell fired in Syria hit a village in neighbouring Turkey, killing at least five people, including a six-year-old boy
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Innocent victim: This young girl was one of those killed in a series of bombings in Aleppo, Syria
Scenes of destruction: Men stand amid wreckage after three blasts ripped through Aleppo's main square.
A severely wounded boy is treated by doctors in one of the city's last standing hospitals following the bomb blasts
Meanwhile, a Syrian shell has hit a home in neighbouring Turkey, killing at least five people, including a six-year-old boy.
Angry townspeople marched to the mayor's office to protest over the deaths.
Meanwhile, a government official blamed the 'terrorist' rebels for the coordinated assault on Aleppo's mainsquare, which is controlled by Assad loyalists.
A fifth explosion was reported only a few hundred metres away in Bab al-Jinein, near the Chamber of Commerce and an officers' club. The area is on the fringes of the Old City, where a number of running battles have been fought.
The anonymous official earlier stated that 29 people were killed and 70 injured in the explosions, but the latest report from the opposition say at least 40 are dead and more than 90 injured.
Syrian pro-government television station Al-Ikhbariya TV showed footage of massive destruction from the scene of the blasts. It described them as the work of 'terrorists', a term the government uses to describe rebels fighting to topple Assad.Suicide bombings kill 34 in Syrian city of Aleppo Star Advertiser Suicide bombings kill 34 in Syrian city of Aleppo Star Advertiser
BEIRUT » Three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in a government-controlled area of the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo today, killing at least 34 people, leveling buildings and trapping survivors under the rubble, state TV said. More than 120 people were injured, the government said.
A fourth explosion a few hundred yards away struck near the edge of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has been heavily damaged during more than two months of fierce fighting between rebels and government forces for control of the Aleppo.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the government blamed its opponents and said the blasts were caused by suicide bombers. The technique is a signature style of al-Qaida-style jihadist groups, some of which are known to have entered Syria's civil war to fight against the regime.
The transformation of Syria's conflict into an open war has given an opening to foreign fighters and extremists, analysts say. The Syrian government has always blamed the uprising on foreign terrorists, even though the revolt began as peaceful protests by ordinary citizens that turned violent after repeated attacks by security forces.[...]
Rebels last week announced a new concerted push to capture Aleppo, where they have been battling with regime troops since July. Syria's largest city and a major commercial hub, Aleppo was for a long time free of the violence that engulfed much of the rest of the country, but now has been devastated as rebels try to wrest a major strategic prize from the regime of President Bashar Assad.
The bloodshed also is increasingly spreading outside Syria's borders.
A shell fired today from inside Syria landed on a home in neighboring Turkey, killing at least three people, including a 6-year-old boy, said Abdulhakim Ayhan, mayor of the Turkish town of Akcakale. Turkey's state-owned Anadolu Agency reported angry townspeople marched to the mayor's office to protest the deaths.
In Aleppo, footage broadcast on state-run Ikhbariya TV showed massive damage around Saadallah al-Jabri Square, which also houses a famous hotel and a coffee shop that had been popular with regime forces. One building appeared to have been leveled to the ground. The facade of another was heavily damaged.
The station showed video of several bodies, including one being pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building. Rescue workers stood atop piles of concrete and debris, frantically trying to pull out survivors.
Syria's state-run SANA news agency said the bombings early today killed at least 34 people and wounded 122, blaming the attack on "terrorists."
"It was like a series of earthquakes," a shaken resident told The Associated Press by telephone. "It was terrifying, terrifying."
The resident said the officers' club and the hotel were almost completely destroyed. His account could not be immediately verified. The resident declined to be identified for fear of reprisals.
Activists could not reach the area, which is controlled by security forces and sealed off with checkpoints.
A Syrian government official said the number of deaths would likely increase because many of the wounded were in critical condition. Regime troops killed two more would-be suicide bombers before they could detonate their explosives, he said on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.
Syrian state TV showed the bodies of three men wearing army uniforms at the site of the explosions. One of them appeared to be wearing an explosive belt with a timer tied to his wrist.
Aleppo-based activist Mohammad Saeed said the explosions went off minutes apart at one of the city's main squares. He said the blasts appeared to have been caused by car bombs and were followed by clashes and heavy gunfire.
"The area is heavily fortified by security and the presence of shabiha," he said, referring to pro-regime gunmen. "It makes you wonder how car bombs could reach there."
Activists and Syrian state media said a fourth car bomb went off in the Bab Jnein area near the Old City where the Chamber of Commerce is located. It was not immediately clear how many casualties there were from that blast.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said at least 40 people were killed and around 90 wounded in the four blasts, most of them members of the regime forces.
It said mortars also targeted the nearby political security department around the same time of the bombings.
The Syrian security official, however, said most of today's casualties were civilians.
"We condemn these crimes and this terrorist explosion and we also condemn the countries that conspire against Syria and stand behind the terrorists," the speaker of the Syrian parliament, Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham, told the assembly today.
During the course of the 18-month-uprising against Assad, suicide and car bombings targeting security agencies and soldiers have become common in Syria, particularly in the capital, Damascus.