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Last Stand In Syria?51:19
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Top Syrian officials, killed in a suicide attack. Battle in Damascus. We’ll look at the endgame of Syria’s crisis.

In this Thursday Oct. 6, 2011 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, stands next to Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Dawoud Rajha, right, during a ceremony to mark the 38th anniversary of the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war, in Damascus, Syria. Syria's state-run TV says the country's defense minister has been killed in a suicide blast in the capital. Wednesday's attack struck the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials. (AP)
In this Thursday Oct. 6, 2011 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, stands next to Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Dawoud Rajha, right, during a ceremony to mark the 38th anniversary of the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war, in Damascus, Syria. Syria's state-run TV says the country's defense minister has been killed in a suicide blast in the capital. Wednesday's attack struck the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials. (AP)

Guests

Clarissa Ward, foreign correspondent for CBS News.

Ausama Monajed, a member of the Syrian National Council and the executive director of London-based Strategic Research and Communication  Centre.

Tamara Wittes, is a senior fellow and the director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter.

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al Jazeera "Syrian defence minister and his deputy have been killed after a suicide bomber struck the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of cabinet ministers and senior security officials, state media reported. General Daoud Rajha and Assef Shawkat - the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad - were killed on Wednesday in the deadliest assault on government officials since the violence began 16 months ago."

BBC "Hours after the attack, several explosions were reported close to the base of an army division responsible for guarding the presidential palace. However Syria's information minister denied that they had taken place."

Wall Street Journal "For over a year, we've heard from Obama Administration officials that Western intervention would push Syria into a civil war, kill thousands and put the Assad regime's stockpile of WMD at risk of falling into terrorist hands. The U.S. hasn't intervened, and all of this has happened."

Video: Street Fights In Syria

Check out this video from al Jazeera showing street battles in Damascus after bomb blasts that killed top Assad officials.

This program aired on July 19, 2012.

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