ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, May 10 (Reuters) - The White House
condemned Thursday's suicide car bombings in Damascus, which it
said were not representative of the opposition to Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad, arguing they showed the need to end
the country's upheaval.
"Attacks like these that result in the indiscriminate
killing and injury of civilians are reprehensible and cannot be
justified," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "They also
remind us of the urgent necessity of achieving a political
solution before it is too late.
"We do not believe (this) kind of attack that you saw in
Damascus is representative of the opposition. There are clearly
extremist elements in Syria, as we have said all along, who are
trying to take advantage of the chaos in that country, chaos
brought about by Assad's brutal assault on his own people,"
Carney said aboard Air Force One.
The two blasts killed 55 people and wounded 372 in the
deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital since the uprising
against Assad began 14 months ago.
(Reporting By Jeff Mason; Editing by Bill Trott)