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Explosions hit security HQs in Aleppo, Syria

Reporting accurately on events in Syria remains extremely difficult, with very few journalists able to operate independently in the country. (The photographer Alessio Romenzi, whose pictures from Homs were published by Time, is a notable exception.) In this case, the images reproduced below — taken from the official Syrian TV broadcast — appear to tally with other photographs and reports posted on Twitter by anti-regime activists.

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Syrian TV shows the scene of a blast in Aleppo on Feb. 10, 2012.

The Associated Press reports — Two explosions targeted security compounds in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, state media reported, saying 25 people were killed and 175 wounded in a major city that has so far largely stood by President Bashar Assad in the nearly 11-month-old uprising against his rule.

The blasts were the first significant violence in the northern city, Syria's largest. 

State TV blamed "terrorists" in the blasts, touting the regime line that armed groups looking to destabilize Syria are behind the uprising. Anti-Assad activists accused the regime of setting off the blasts to discredit the opposition and to avert protests that had been planned in the city on Friday. Read the full story.

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Security forces and onlookers at the scene of a blast in Aleppo on Feb. 10, 2012.

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Bodies lying at the scene of a blast in Aleppo on Feb. 10, 2012.