, the Guardian
and the New York Times
are reporting the country's Minister of Defense, General Rajha, and Assad's brother-in-law, General Shawkat, were killed in an attack at a government building in Damascus. There are also unconfirmed reports a third Army general may have died of wounds later. [P.S. - Now confirmed]
The speculation is the bomber may have been a security guard.
Reports are coming from activists in Damascus that fighting is escalating. Rasha Elass, an activist, has reported to the news desk of Huffington Post his view the regime has reached a tipping point.
This is occurring as the Security Council is scheduled late Wednesday to vote on a new resolution on peace initiatives – this resolution, according to the Associated Press, may invoke Chapter 7 of the United Nations' charter allowing the use of force against a member nation.