- Syrian state television says a suicide bomber has struck the National Security building in Damascus, killing several high-level military officials. We get an insight into its importance from Nadim Shehadi, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House in London.
- Syrian military defector General Manaf Tlass, in a statement sent to the Agence France-Press news agency, blames Damascus for much of the conflict that has torn his country apart.
- The fighters who defeated Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi last year now pose a challenge for the fledgling democracy they helped create.
- Are international dynamics shifting with the “Arab Spring” dust still flying? We ask Marina Ottaway, Senior Associate for the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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