Rebel Car Bomb Kills 60 Syrian Soldiers

Rebels Claim 'Six Tons' of Explosives in Aleppo Strike

by Jason Ditz, June 17, 2013

Al-Qaeda backed rebels have launched a car bombing attack against a military complex near the Aleppo international airport today, killing at least 60 Syrian soldiers and wounding an undisclosed number of others.

Additional details of the attack were scant, but a rebel familiar with the strike said that the car was packed with “six tons of explosives.” It is unclear if it was detonated remotely or by a suicide driver.

Aleppo is Syria’s largest city, and has been in a state of stalemate between Assad forces and Islamist rebels since August of last year. The city is being tapped as the next big clash in the government’s counter-offensive, aimed at reclaiming rebel-held territory.

Another car bomb was reported near the military airport in the capital city of Damascus today. This attack also killed 10 soldiers, but so far there has been no specific claim of credit for the strike. Some reports have also blamed this smaller attack on an Israeli air strike, though this has yet to be confirmed either.

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