In May, two suicide car bombers blew themselves up outside a military intelligence building in Damascus, killing at least 55 people. In July, a bomb hit a building in which Cabinet ministers and senior security officials had been meeting, killing the defense minister and his deputy, who is also Assad's brother-in-law. A former defense minister also died in the attack.
Elsewhere, 50 soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near an army checkpoint in Hama province on Nov. 5 in one of the deadliest single attacks targeting pro-Assad troops during the 20 months of conflict.
Jaramana district has been frequently targeted in the past weeks, as the rebels push their way into the capital. Ten people were killed and 41 were injured when a car bomb exploded in the district earlier this month.