Syria TV reports explosion in western Damascus district, activists say car bomb
By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press
June 16, 2013 - 3:53 pm EDT
BEIRUT — Syrian state TV and residents say an explosion has shaken a Damascus neighborhood that houses several embassies and a military airport.
FILE -- Sunni protesters wave Islamist flags while others chant slogans at an anti-government rally in Fallujah, Iraq, Friday, May 3, 2013. The leader of al-Qaida's Iraq arm, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, defiantly rejected an order from the terror network's global command to scrap a merger with the organization's Syria affiliate, according to a message purporting to be from Al-Baghdadi that was posted online Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Bilal Fawzi, File)
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a car bomb detonated at a checkpoint near the military airport in the western neighborhood of Mazzeh on Sunday evening.
The Observatory, which has a wide network of activists on the ground in Syria, said there are reports of casualties. The media office of the Free Syrian Army's military council in the Damascus area also said the explosion targeted the military airport in the neighborhood.
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