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Monday, September 29, 2008 

Where was the Damascus bomb? Not near a 'Shia shrine'.



Most western media persist in saying the bomb site was "near the Shia shrine of Saida Zeinab". My map clearly shows that is totally misleading.

As Orientalista points out, the attack was much closer to the Palestinian/Golani/Iraqi area of Jaramana. And it was actually closer to the "Christian shrines" in the Old City, if we are going to pinpoint everything in religious terms.

It was about two kilometers down the airport highway, after you leave the Old City, near Bab Sharqi. It happened at the junction for Jaramana.

Click on the map to enlarge.

This news story drove me insane when I read it. It was so obviously skewed to create the image of Sunni/Shi'a tension in a place it didn't exist!

Thanks for the map to clear things up even further.

Love the blog, by the way!

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