Friday, 22 Mar, 2013
BEIRUT, Asharq Al-Awsat—Syria’s top Sunni cleric, Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan Al-Buti, was killed last night in a suicide bomb attack at the Iman Mosque in Damascus, along with at least forty-two others.
Al-Buti was a close political ally of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and had been one of the few remaining pillars of support for the Damascus regime among Syria’s Sunni majority. His death further weakens the ailing Assad government.
In a rare statement issued via the state-run...