ALL NEW: Syrian Defense Minister Killed In Morning Bombings

, Posted: Wed, July 18 2012 at 8:09 AM, Updated: Wed, July 18 2012 at 8:13 AM

Syria's defense minister, Dawood Rajiha, was killed early Tuesday morning, in a suicide bombing at a national security building in Damascus.

The bombing took place during a meeting of ministers and security officials.

The explosion marks a pivotal point in the 16-month Syrian crisis.

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