Assad said to be injured in blast that killed top officials at meeting he attended

World Tribune

NICOSIA — In an attack that could topple his regime, Syrian President Bashar Assad has been injured and his top military advisers killed in a suicide bombing.

Western intelligence sources said Assad attended a July 18 meeting at the National Security Agency in Damascus when a suicide bomber blew himself up. They said at least 10 people were killed while Assad was injured and flown to the Alawite stronghold of Latakia for medical treatment.

“The situation has become chaotic, particularly in Damascus,” an intelligence source said. “Many of the senior Alawites of the regime have been flown from Damascus to Latakia.”

Within minutes of the bombing, the regime shut down virtually all communications with Damascus amid reports of widespread desertion in the military and government, including Vice President Farouk A-Sharaa. The sources said e-mail, telephone and satellite communications links were severed…

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