"Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar Al Assad have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States, according to opposition activists and US and foreign officials."
(of course the Seattle press prefers to have pictures of 'protests' instead of the pictures related to their headline)
A suicide vehicle bomb tore through the parking lot of a military compound in an eastern Syrian city on Saturday, killing nine people, the country's state media reported. It was the latest in a series of blasts in recent months targeting security installations.State TV said the blast in Deir al-Zour also wounded dozens, and showed footage of damaged buildings, smoldering cars, and trucks turned upside down. Debris filled a street that was stained with blood. The station said U.N. observers based in the city visited the site of the blast.
The report said the vehicle was rigged with 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of explosives and did heavy damage to buildings up to 100 meters (yards) away. It added that the explosion left a crater five meters wide and 2 1/2 meters deep.
The state-run news agency SANA said the blast hit the parking lot of a military residential compound, while an opposition group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (human rights?) , reported that the bomb went off close to the city branches of the Military Intelligence Directorate and Air Force Intelligence.
Terrorist Explosion in Deir Ezzor Claims Lives of Nine Martyrs, Scores of Injuries
A suicide terrorist blew himself up inside a booby-trapped car at Ghazi Ayash Masaken (housing) neighborhood in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, claiming the lives of nine martyrs, scores of injuries as well as big damages to the surrounding buildings.
A source in Deir Ezzor told SANA reporter that the suicide terrorist, driving a Hyundai booby-trapped car, stormed the site of Military Constructions Institution ( MATAA ) at Ghazai Ayash Masaken, claiming the lives of 9 persons, between civilians and guards and causing the injury of scores of victims, some of them in critical condition, including a 4 year old girl and a 26 year old girl, in addition to human remains. (What about their human rights? Since the British based Syrian Observatory is all about Human rights? Observatory? Do they 'observe' via promotion the death of civilians at the hands of terrorists?)
The source added that the terrorist blast caused rift to the 100- meter surrounding buildings and made a crater with 5-meter diameter and 2,5 depth, while the quantity of explosives was estimated at 1000 KG.
A team of the international observers inspected the site of the terrorist explosion.