World Bulletin / News Desk
A commissioned officer staged Wednesday's bomb attack in Syrian capital of Damascus, an opponent has claimed.
Dr. Mohammad Suri, a prominent opposition intellectual, told the Anadolu Agency on Thursday that the attack on the building during a National Security Council meeting actually targeted Bashar al-Assad, but it failed.
Suri said that it was not a suicide attack, stating that it was staged by a commissioned officer from the opposition.
Assad's brother Mahir Assad was injured seriously in the attack, he said.
Suri said the blast boosted morale of the opposition.
On the agenda for this round are issues of governance -- a political transition, the constitution and elections, as well as counter-terrorism at the request of Damascus.
A US defense official confirmed artillery is being used in the operation.
The country's health infrastructure is on the brink of collapse, with medicines running out and staff going unpaid for several months, the groups said.
-Since 2013 coup, Egyptian authorities have cracked down on dissent, killing hundreds, throwing tens of thousands behind bars
Opposition fighters advanced to positions six kilometers (four miles) away from center of Hama city
Next round of Syria talks between delegations from regime, opposition due to start Thursday in Geneva
First strike targeted a school housing displaced people west of Raqqah
Regime warplanes carried out ten airstrikes on Ein Tarma suburb
The official SANA news agency said a total of 15 people were wounded in opposition fire on Tuesday.
Turkish Red Crescent is taking part in the evacuation operation for 30,000 civilians from Al-Waer district of Syria's Homs
Governor was unhurt after his car came under fire as it was passing near a military camp in Ad-Dali city
Co-founder of campaign to boycott Israel arrested for alleged tax evasion
Egyptian authorities say they are battling a ISIL-linked group in Sinai
The ban would stop passengers bringing laptops, iPads and cameras in carry-on luggage and is thought to effect at least 12 airlines.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi makes assertion at Monday meeting in Cairo with Palestinian counterpart