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Assad silent after deadly Damascus attack

2012-07-19 13:03

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar Assad kept silent on Thursday a day after an attack on a security headquarters in Damascus killed three top regime officials, including his brother-in-law Assef Shawkat.

The embattled head of state, whose current whereabouts are still not known, rarely makes public statements and has so far not commented on the bombing or appeared in public since the attack.

However, he was cited by state media as appointing Fahd al-Freij defence minister to replace Daoud Rajha, who was among those killed when the National Security headquarters was targeted.

State media have yet to distribute images of the aftermath, unlike on previous occasions when there have been attacks in the capital. The rebel Free Syrian Army said it was behind the bombing.

Since the anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011, Assad has made six public speeches and given several interviews to Syrian and foreign media.

His most recent speech was on 2 June, when Assad said he wanted to stamp out the revolt which he described as "terrorism".

Comments
  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-19 13:27

    why does the media like to invet things such as assad went silent whereby he hardly makes public appearance.We are paying internet to read concret news nor crap and repeated crapAssad is not an idiot he is planning which move to make to strike hard on those rats just watch.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-07-19 13:42

      My guess is you would be on asking why there is no news on Assad's response.the news is... there is no news.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-19 13:43

      True, Assad is not an idiot - he is an egoistical, mad, murderous nut-job... also know as the butcher of Damascus.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-19 14:11

      If they can't find this assad terrorist, maybe the time has come, to start looking in sewerage pipes!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-19 14:16

      Keith, NOBODY is forcing you to News24.com, Between you and me, YOU will find RT a far better and more reliable source Good by !!

  • Greg - 2012-07-19 15:08

    Anthony, your a noob. BREAKING: LARGE NUMBERS OF "TERRORIST GROUPS" IN MANY AREAS IN SYRIA DROP THEIR WEAPONS AND SURRENDER TO OUR ARMED FORCES In reality, the rebels without a foreign intervention will be exterminated to the last one! Syria has a powerful army. Don't expect an army being built from 40 years ago to be defeated by a bunch of rebels with no adequate training. I guess Damascus is where the rebels really screwed up, because nobody expected the 4th Battalion of the Syrian Army to be THAT strong. Rebels have the western media though. It's Propaganda vs Reality. Remember how France surrendered in WWII to Germany after German Propaganda Campaigns? End for the rebels? I hope so..

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-19 18:22

      Again, a lot of nonsense, you just suck this crap out of your thumb!! "Rebels with no adequate training" ?? The 'armed' opposition is the 60 000 strong FSA, who are all deserters of assad's terrorist army, and believe me, they are trained alright, IN MURDER OF CIVILIANS !! And as I told you yesterday, here in SA , it is not unlawful to abuse your freedom and even to support terrorists, but what should be unlawful, is to talk suvch unbelievable load of CRAP and BS !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-19 19:43

      DID YOU SAY SOMETHING ? Mr tiny Tosser

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