SAC Condemns Syria Bombings, Holds Regime Fully Responsible

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Syrian American Council calls for an independent investigation to determine the perpetrators

Since the very beginning of the revolution, the regime has conducted a targeted campaign to destroy the largely peaceful protests and to drag the uprising into an armed conflict.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) Condemned the recent series of bombings that took place in Damascus, Aleppo and more recently in Deir al-Zor. Saturday's bombing killed nine civilians and injured dozens at a Syrian military post, an attack the Assad regime called "a proof that the uprising is a foreign plot."

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Opposition groups including the Syrian National Council (SNC) blamed the Assad regime and accused it of staging the explosions to scare the Syrian people in an attempt to weaken popular support for the revolution. Similar to the explosions in Damascus and Aleppo, the explosion in Deir al-Zor took place in an area subjected to high levels of surveillance and control by intelligence agencies. As usual, state media was present at the location within minutes.

"Since the very beginning of the revolution, the regime has conducted a targeted campaign to destroy the largely peaceful protests and to drag the uprising into an armed conflict. The outcome is a tragic collapse of the security situation as a result of the regime's iron-fist approach," said SAC President Dr. Talal Sunbulli.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said unknown elements were behind the bombings. Little is known about the origins or affiliations of Al-Nusra Front, which was first blamed for the Damascus attacks, before it denied involvement. The Free Syrian Army has condemned the Damascus explosions, accused the regime of staging it, and said it did not have the sophisticated capacity to carry out such attacks.

"We hold the criminal regime fully responsible for the explosions and urge the U.N. to assign an independent international committee to investigate the latest series of bombings in Damascus and Deir al-Zor. An investigation is needed to determine the regime's role in the bombings and bring the perpetrators to justice," added Sunbulli.

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Rashad Al-Dabbagh
Syrian American Council
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