Bombings-in-Assad-strongholds-kill-101-in-Syria-Islamic-State-claims-responsibility. DAMASCUS, Syria, At least 101 people have been killed in bombings targeting strongholds of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad along the war-torn country’s Mediterranean coast.
A suicide bomber and a car bomb detonated at a bus station within minutes of each other in the port city of Tartous. Meanwhile, several bombs exploded in the northern town of Jableh, targeting a bus station, a hospital and an electricity office.
Syria has been blighted by a complex civil war in which the Islamic State, the Syrian government and multiple Syrian rebel groups fight for control of territory. The United Nations estimates up to 400,000 people may have died in the conflict died so far.