Nightly News   |  October 20, 2013

Suicide bomber strikes Syrian checkpoint

The blast killed at least 37 people and comes as talk of a peace conference aimed to end Syria’s civil war grows. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>> we turn to the crisis in syria where for the second time in as many days, a suicide bomber struck a government shut point, killing at least 37 people. it came as there was increasing talk about a peace conference aimed at ending syria 's long civil war . the fortune correspondent has been following developments and he joins us.

>> what is so striking about syria is how much this story has been changing. if you remember, just about a month ago, the united states was on the verge of bombing that country. and now the u.s. is putting all of its home in a peace conference . and i think this peace conference is really still just tentative at best. today, the secretary general of the arab league said that a date has been set. that there will be this peace conference in geneva, in the, in late november. but then a u.n. envoy came out also today and said, no, no date has been set. the syrian rebels say that this is all a ploy and the syrian government said it will not negotiate with terrorists. so a lot still needs to come together for this conference to take place, let alone discuss any substantive issues. then on the ground, in almost a parallel reality, there is this daily carnage, a massive bomb. a 1 1/2 truck bomb that exploded today killing more than 30 people. almost all of them civilians.