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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Hassan Turkmani
Syrian President Bashar Assad attended the swearing-in of his new defense minister Thursday, according to footage shown on state TV, the first sign of the president since an audacious rebel attack the day before struck at the heart of his regime and killed three senior officials.
Chaos reigned in Damascus on Wednesday as rebel forces attacked the heart of the Syrian regime in their most brazen maneuver in the 16-month-old revolt.
The State Department on Wednesday raised concerns that the security apparatus surrounding Syrian President Bashar Assad is beginning to falter after top Syrians were killed in a bombing at the National Security headquarters.
A roadside bomb exploded in a restive suburb of the Syrian capital as senior U.N. officials toured the area on Sunday. The blast blew off the front of a parked vehicle but caused no casualties.
The European Union imposed sanctions Wednesday against the elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, saying the Quds Force is providing equipment and other support to help Syrian President Bashar Assad crush the 5-month-old uprising against him.