1986 Damascus bombings

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1986 Damascus bombings
Damascus highlighted within Syria
Location Damascus and nearby towns, Syria
Date March-April 1986 (Local time)
Weapons Car Bombs
Deaths 204[1]
Suspected perpetrators
Iraqi agents
Motive Regime destabilization[2]

The 1986 Damascus bombings were a series of terrorist acts, performed in Damascus, Syria in 1986, considered to be the deadliest terrorism act against civilians since the quelling of the Islamist uprising in Syria in 1982. The bombings appeared to be aimed at destabilizing the Syrian government.[2]


On 13 March 1986,[2] a bombing took place in Damascus that left 60 people dead.[1] A month later, 144 were killed by a series of bombings in five towns across Syria.[1]

Alleged perpetrators

The Syrian government blamed Iraq for the March bombing and "Israeli agents operating from inside Lebanon" for the April bombings.[3] The Muslim Brotherhood, which was crushed in the 1982 Hama massacre, was proposed[by whom?] as a possible perpetrator of the terrorist acts.[citation needed] The BBC reported in 2008 that "pro-Iraqi militants" were "believed" to be responsible for both the April and March bombings.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Middle East | Syrian car bomb attack kills 17". BBC News. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Seale, Patrick (1990). Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East. University of California Press. p. 473. ISBN 0-520-06976-5. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  3. ^ "SYRIA REPORTS SERIES OF BLASTS ON BUSES AND BLAMES ISRAELIS". The New York Times. 1986-04-27. Retrieved 2015-12-05. 

External links

  • Terrorism Comes to Damascus: Syria Faces its Own Islamist Threat

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