The bombing that left three of President Basher Al-Assad’s top military officials dead, including his brother-in-law, marks the beginning of the end of his regime, according to the opposition Syrian National Council.
Syrian army defectors based in Turkey have hailed the attack as a turning point in the 16-month-old uprising that will increase defections and fragment Assad’s inner circle.
The opposition estimates that 50,000 troops out of a possible 280,000 have already deserted.
Syrian authorities claim the bomb attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, while a security source said the bomber, who struck inside the security headquarters, was a bodyguard.
The Higher Council of the Revolution spokesman Ahmad Zaidan offered this analysis:
“This operation in Damascus was one hundred per cent successful and raised the morale of rebels. It has shaken the regime deeply. Many have been defecting in all cities.”
While many condemned the attack as a terrorist act is was a day of celebration for the various strands of those opposed to Basher Al-Assad.