The Secretary General of the United Nations said he believes al-Qaida is responsible for a series of bombings in Syria last week and may be trying to establish a foothold in the troubled Middle Eastern nation.
More than 55 people were killed in Damascus after two massive bombings struck the city, according to the Atlantic Wire. Given the size and method of the attack, Ban Ki-moon believes that the terrorist group “must be behind it.”
The attack on May 10 was the deadliest bombing to take place in the country since an anti-government uprising began last year, and the United States and Russia believe that al-Qaida may be attempting to “hijack the revolution.”
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime has long held that foreign terrorists are “stirring up a fake revolution.”
Despite the UN’s presence in the country, attacks have continued, and more than 10,000 Syrians have died in the past year — most at the hands of Assad’s soldiers. The UN has since faced pressure for its inability to put an end to the violence.