Syria Daily: 8 Killed, 18 Wounded in Homs Bombing

University students believed to be among casualties


Eight people were killed and 18 wounded in the bombing of a bus in Syria’s city of Homs on Tuesday.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bomb, asserting that 11 regime troops were slain.

Officials in the Homs health authority reported the casualties from an attack in the Ekrama neighborhood near al-Baath University.

Many of the bus passengers were university students, Homs Governor Talal Barazi said. Pro-regime outlets said the driver of the bus was a member of the paramilitary Tiger Forces who was “on leave”.

A reporter for State media said cars, shops, and infrastructure were damaged. Footage from State TV showed people crowding around the site of the explosion.

ISIS also claimed responsibility for a bombing which killed four people and wounded 32 in Homs in May.

Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, was one of the sites of the largest protests in the 2011 uprising against the Assad regime. Regime forces claimed most of Homs in early 2012 after weeks of airstrikes and shelling that destroyed much of the city and killed hundreds of civilians. The opposition held out in the besieged section of al-Wa’er until April, when residents, displaced people, and rebels were forcibly removed.

Geneva Talks Resume After Regime Walkout

UN-backed peace talks in Geneva resumed on Tuesday without the Assad regime’s delegation, which walked out on Friday.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura met the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee to review his approach in four areas: governance, a new Constitution, elections, and “fighting terrorism”.

The regime’s representatives, led by UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari, quit the discussions after only three days, repeating their demand that the future of Bashar al-Assad must not be mentioned. Ja’afari criticized De Mistura’s conduct of the indirect negotiations.

De Mistura has announced before the walkout that the talks would be extended to December 15.

Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the regime, said its delegation was not expected to leave Damascus either Tuesday or Wednesday and that a return to the talks “is still being studied by the Syrian leadership”.

The head of the High Negotiations Committee, Nasr al-Hariri, said, “Now it is the responsibility of the international community, of the UN and the Special Envoy to announce to the world who is the party who is rejecting the negotiations.”

State Department Condemns Regime’s Deadly East Ghouta Attacks

The US has condemned the Assad regime’s ongoing, deadly attacks and tightening siege on the East Ghouta area near Damascus.

Despite a de-escalation zone agreed between Russia and rebels this summer, pro-Assad forces — reportedly including Russian warplanes at times — have killed an estimated 200 people in the last three weeks.

Meanwhile the area’s residents, estimated at 390,000, are at increasing risk of malnutrition and death from medical conditions because of the regime’s escalation of the four-year siege with the closure of tunnels and a key checkpoint and the refusal of aid deliveries to the aid. The UN has warned of a “complete catastrophe”.

See Syria Daily, Dec 4: Regime Renews East Ghouta Attacks After Geneva Walkout
Starving and Dying in Besieged East Ghouta

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday:

We’d like to strongly condemn the recent attacks and the continued siege on the people of Eastern Ghouta in Syria by the Assad regime with support from Russia.

Deliberate tactics to starve Syrian civilians, including women and children; block humanitarian and medical aid; bomb hospitals, medical personnel, and first responders in eastern Ghouta – we consider that to be deeply troubling. The lives of Syrian children and families are not political tools, and we call on the international community to swiftly condemn those horrific acts.

Nauert called on Russia to “live up to its obligations to uphold the de-escalation zone…and to end all further attacks against civilians in Syria”.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. US missile defenses fired 5 shots at an incoming target — and it looks as if they all missed

    Houthi rebels, fighting the Saudi-backed Hadi dictatorship in Yemen and an indiscriminate aerial bombardment by the RSAF, fired a modified Scud at Riyadh airport. Despite claims it was intercepted by American-built Patriot systems, the Scud did hit part of the airport leaving a crater. The Americans love to talk about their missile defense capabilities, and report successful intercepts during highly-staged tests, but the battlefield effectiveness of these systems is next to zero. This adds more evidence to the fact that the U.S is a military superpower…..on paper.

    • “You shoot five times at this missile and they all miss? That’s shocking,” Laura Grego, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told The Times. “That’s shocking because this system is supposed to work.”

      • reposting of the same shit you posted yesterday? It took you 2 days to finish reading the article? The article, much of which is based on assumption with no supporting data regarding the success rate of missile intercepts. How did that Israeli system do against missiles recently? Not surprising of you continue to push facts from 20 years ago that no longer have any relevancy. Its like your an islamist, stuck in the past, like all the other ones. BTW, just so you know, the moon isn’t made out of cheese.

      • tell me again the contributions of Persia to world over the last 500 years? What? you have nothing to say now? Shocking..

        • Plenty of good poetry. Some fine paintings in 16C manuscripts. The graphic novel “Persepolis”.

          There used to be a good photographer in Tehran who ran a blog, but I’ve lost track of it.

          There are loads of Iranian in the diaspora doing valuable work.

        • Since Islam destroyed Persian culture, the contributions of Persians took a nosedive. And even people like Avicenna and Omar Khayyam were persecuted by the Islamics. But that has not stopped Arabs from claiming them for the fictitious “Islamic golden age”.

    • Lol – the Scud was destroyed in midair because the missile body separated from the warhead and fell 20 km from the target. Obviously the warhead could never hit the target when it got intercepted and deflected in midair.

  2. “Fuat Retweeted
    Malcolm Skittle‏ @Malcolmite
    Dec 4

    Malcolm Skittle Retweeted Peter the Great

    No longer a rumour, this is now FACT. Assad regime transferring ISIS fighters from Deir Ezzor to Hama so they can help them in the fight against HTS. Full cooperation in progress, how filthy can ISIS & assad get?”
    It is only the FSA that have honour and vision for a better future.

  3. Foreign Troops Make Up Just 20% of Syria’s Pro-Government Forces

    Despite baseless propaganda that pro-government forces are largely made of foreign mercenaries, they actually make up only 20%. However, the Syrian army has been devastated with only a sixth of its original number of 300,000 soldiers still left. In its place are various militas like the NDF and Baath brigades.

    • Sputnik is not a news site but a propaganda outlet for the Russian State. So there is no credibility in any of its claims.

      • Again, you are attacking the messenger and not the message. Most news sites report “propaganda” to those who disagree with the content. Do you have any alternative figures to the ones provided here:

        1. Official Syrian Armed Forces (50,000-70,000).
        2. National Defense Force (65,000-90,000)
        3. Syrian Intelligence Directorates (8,000-13,000)
        4. Tribal Militias (5,000-15,000)
        5. Baath Brigades (6,000-8,000)
        6. Jerusalem (Palestinian) Brigade (5,000-8,000)
        7. Druze Militias (2,000-8,000)
        8. Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party (6,000-8,000)
        9. Sootoro (Several Hundred)
        10. Fatemiyoun (Afghan) Division (12,000-16,000)
        11. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (5,000-12,000)
        12. Hezbollah (7,000-10,000)
        13. Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (3,000-7,000)
        14. Russian Federation (Few Thousand)
        15. Arab Nationalist Guard (Several Hundred)

        I think the number of Hezbollah fighters that they think are in Syria is an overestimate while the number of Iraqi Shia militiamen is an underestimate. They also don’t mention the presence of prro-government Christian militias in the north, and lump all Iranian fighters with the IRGC and Baseej when we know that Iranian Army special forces have been deployed. But they are basically correct in their assessment until shown otherwise.

        • Sorry — not how this works. There are no reliable estimates of the regime’s military strength or indeed of the total number of foreign forces in Syria. And an article for a Russian State outlet by an author who plucks numbers from the air — especially given his avid recycling of regime propaganda and conspiracy theorists on Twitter — is not a substitute.

          Except, of course, for regime apologists.

        • The Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party is the Nazi party of Syria. Good to see Khamenei and Soleimani associating with Nazis. Says a lot about them. It is a small party and there is no way it can muster 6,000 – 8,000 fighters.

          And if the messenger has a pattern of fake news, yes, then it is quite legit to attack the messenger. Otherwise why waste one’s time trying to debunk falsehoods?

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