Reports received from Damascus only minutes ago cite an assassination attempt on President Assad. There is nothing else available, VT Damascus bureau chief is meeting now with administration officials.
We did get this from sources in Syria’s security services. While going thru the checklist of usual suspects, the period of “silence” came when naming France. Few in the west are aware of the influence France has in Lebanon and Syria. This region was awarded to France after World War I and the French language, culture and the French security services and their Israeli masters and Turkish partners haunt the shadows of Damascus like ghouls.