|Date: 11/05/2012 Time: 12:01:00 AM
The United States on Thursday said it was "not
in a position right now" to accuse foreign forces for the twin blasts that
rocked Damascus earlier Thursday, but did express concerns the tactics are not
in keeping with the Syria's opposition movement.
Asked by reporters about concerns al-Qaeda operatives may be behind the
attacks, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, "We are not in a
position right now to lay blame at any particular set of foreign fighters."
American officials have said they see fighters linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq
(AQI) as responsible for earlier bombings in Damascus and Aleppo, something
reinforced by the method and targets of these attacks.
The U.S. says the international community is offering support for a
peaceful resolution and encouraged the Al-Assad regime to allow more
international monitors inside Syria's hotspots as a deterrent for attack.
There are currently 70 United Nations monitors in Syria.
In doing so, Nuland argues, it will make it harder for "spoilers and other
nefarious forces" to exploit the unrest there.
The suicide bombings outside the military intelligence building, which
killed at least 55 people and injured more than 370 in southern Damascus, are
the sixth attack in the Syrian capital since December. No group has claimed
responsibility for the attacks.