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Article posted: 3/21/2013 1:47 PM

Syria: Top Sunni preacher dies in suicide bombing

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In this citizen journalism image taken on Wednesday, Syrian citizens search for dead bodies on the rubble of damaged buildings that were attacked by Syrian forces airstrikes in Aleppo. Syrian rebels captured one village and parts of others on the edge of the Golan Heights Thursday as fighting closed in on the strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and later annexed, activists and officials said.

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A suicide bomber blew himself up during evening prayers inside a mosque in Damascus Friday, killing a top Sunni Muslim preacher and longtime supporter of President Bashar Assad, state TV reported. The death removes one of the few remaining pillars of support of the Alawite leader among the minority sect that has risen up against him.
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