1986 Damascus bombings

1986 Damascus bombings

1986 Damascus bombings
Damascus highlighted within Syria
Location Damascus and nearby towns, Syria
Date March-April 1986 (Local time)
Weapons Car Bombs
Deaths 204[1]
Suspected perpetrators
Iraqi agents
Motive Regime distabilization[2]

The 1986 Damascus bombings were a series of terrorist acts, performed in Damascus, Syria in 1986, considered to be the deadliest terrorism act against civilians since the quelling of the Islamist uprising in Syria in 1982. The bombings appeared to be aimed at destabilizing the Syrian government.[2]


On 13 March 1986,[2] a bombing took place in Damascus that left 60 people dead.[1] A month later, 144 were killed by a series of bombings in five towns across Syria.[1]

Alleged perpetrators

The Syrian government blamed the pro-Iraqi Ba'athist militants for the bombings.[1] The Muslim Brotherhood, which was crushed in the 1982 Hama massacre, was proposed as a possible perpetrator of the terrorist acts.

See also

List of terrorist incidents, 1986 List of modern conflicts in the Middle East


  1. ^ a b c d "Middle East | Syrian car bomb attack kills 17". BBC News. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b c "Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East - Patrick Seale - Google Books". Books.google.co.il. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 

External links

  • Terrorism Comes to Damascus: Syria Faces its Own Islamist Threat