The attacks bore the hallmarks of Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate.
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Suicide bombers hit the main judicial building and a restaurant in Damascus Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and spreading fear across Syria's capital as the country's civil war entered its seventh year with no end in sight.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either attack, but other, similar attacks in recent weeks were claimed by Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, which has come under pressure lately amid infighting with other insurgent factions in Syria and airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.The attacks came as Syrians mark the sixth anniversary of the country's civil war, which has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced millions of others. Wednesday's bombings followed twin attacks Saturday near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in Damascus that killed at least 40 people.There was no claim for Wednesday's attack.Currently, the troop level is capped at 500 in Syria, but that number has become increasingly meaningless as commanders flow extra "temporary" forces in as needed – such as last week's deployment of a Marine artillery battery near Raqqa.
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