On a street in Damascus last week, at the site of a car bomb explosion in March that may have killed or wounded as many as 170 people, Syrian authorities hanged a man they identified as a Lebanese in the employ of Iraq's intelligence services. The Syrians say the Lebanese had confessed to his part in the bombing, which seems to have been the first in a series of recent terrorist attacks in the country. The number of casualties from those attacks isn't known. Syria has said little about them, and the public hanging seems to have been the first official acknowledgement that terrorist incidents have taken place.
Other Arab sources indicate that in recent weeks nine buses were blown up on Syrian highways. At least one of them apparently was carrying cadets from a military academy. An explosion is also reported to have occurred on a train traveling between Aleppo and Latakia. A newspaper in the Persian Gulf claims that other bomb plots have recently been foiled.
Syria is a tightly controlled country, with a press that is firmly in government hands and a secret police system that is considered both pervasive and generally efficient. But some things, like explosions and casualties that occur in full public view, can't be completely suppressed. Terrorism to some degree has been occurring within Syria, not the terrorism that the government regularly uses to cow its citizens, but terrorism presumably aimed at demonstrating the vulnerability of the regime.