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Blast in Damascus Kills 16

Rebels in Syria detonated a suicide car bomb on Saturday during an attack on a checkpoint in a pro-government suburb of Damascus. Activists say that 16 soldiers were killed, though the state news agency SANA did not confirm the number of casualties. Britain's Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the rebels—led by al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra, or the Nusra Front—engaged in heavy fighting after the blast.