Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rebel Car bomb kills at least 18 Syrian soldiers in Damascus ahead of UN envoy's visit

At least 18 Syrian soldiers were killed Wednesday in a car bombing near the Turkey border, the opposition said, a day before international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi was to visit Damascus.

Russia, meanwhile, accused Western members of the UN Security Council of supporting terrorism by failing to condemn attacks on Syrian government forces.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombing took place near a military outpost in the northern area of Saraqab, close to the border with Turkey.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Kazakhstan that "an act of terror is an act of terror. If it looks, is planned and carried out like an act of terror, it is an act of terror."

Russia, a staunch ally of President Bashar Assad, has vetoed with China three UN resolutions condemning the regime's crackdown on protesters. Read More