Extremists taking advantage of Syria chaos-White House

Bill Trott

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)