A massive explosion rocked the neighborhood of Ashrafieh in Beirut shortly before midnight on Sunday Beirut time. Early reports indicated that a car bomb exploded near the southern entrance of the ABC shopping mall. One woman was reportedly killed.
The blast comes as the Lebanese government gave the Lebanese army a green light to root out the Syrian-backed terrorists in the north of the country, after a day of deadly clashes that left dozens of soldiers and Islamists dead. (update: latest death toll: 22 Lebanese soldiers, 25 terrorists).
Details of the Beirut explosion are still sketchy. One thing is clear, however. Bashar Assad is fulfilling his promise to set Lebanon and the region on fire. His objective is to turn Lebanon into another Iraq, with car bombs and bloody sectarian attacks becoming the order of the day.