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A car bomb exploded at a security checkpoint near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party in the heart of the Syrian capital on Thursday, leaving smashed cars scattered across a main thoroughfare and killing at least 31 people, according to opposition activist and state media.

The bomb attack came amid a string of attacks inside the capital. A blast shook another Damascus neighborhood Thursday and mortars rounds fell near the Syrian Army General Command, the third such attack in Damascus in as many days.

For months, rebels have been trying to bring their fight to topple President Bashar Assad into the capital, but have managed little more than brief incursions and frequent skirmishes in outlying neighborhoods.

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