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Powerful Bomb Blasts Leave Dozens Dead in Syrian Capital

LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/GettyImages(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Two powerful explosions Thursday in the Syrian capital of Damascus have left dozens dead and hundreds more wounded, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

Witnesses at the scene said the blasts that apparently targeted the government's military intelligence building were caused by car bombs.

It's expected that the number of fatalities will rise, certain to make the attack the deadliest in Damascus since the government crackdown on political dissidents began in March 2011.

While no one has yet taken responsibility for the bombings, President Bashar al-Assad will likely retaliate against rebel forces that he has previously labeled "terrorists" spurred by "foreign agitators."

The assault also underscores the failure of the six-point ceasefire agreement, which includes deploying United Nations monitors to Syria, to slow down the hostilities.

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