Category Archives: Syria

Syria’s White Helmets suspend members caught on camera during rebel execution

Syria’s White Helmets have suspended several members of their rescue team after stomach-churning footage emerged showing rebel militants conducting a summary execution of a man in the town of Jasim, with the White Helmets helping get rid of the body.

Graphic images released on Wednesday show blood pouring out of the execution victim’s head. After the man is shot dead on camera – in front of a large crowd in the town of Jasim in Daraa, southern Syria – volunteers from the White Helmets move in to dispose of the body, AMN reported.

On Thursday, Syria’s White Helmets, also known as the Syrian Civil Defense, issued a statement, acknowledging that their volunteers’ actions “did not fully uphold the strict principles of neutrality and impartiality.”

The “White Helmets” have long been suspected of collusion.

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Syria has executed thousands of prisoners and burned the dead bodies in a giant crematorium, US administration claims

The Syrian government has been accused of carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners by the US government.

Diplomat Stuart Jones said Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government ‘has sunk to a new level of depravity’.

The Trump administration claims the bodies of those killed were burned in a large crematorium outside the capital.

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“Cats Man of Aleppo” turns home into shelter

This guy I like.

Unlike many Syrian families who fled the country after war broke out, Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, 42, chose to remain and take care of the less fortunate felines affected by the war.
“I’ll stay with them no matter what happens. Someone who has mercy in their heart for humans, has mercy for every living thing,” said Aljaleel.
Aljaleel once had six or seven hungry critters, but soon the pride grew to 170 in no time, where he built a sanctuary in 2015 and named it after his first cat “Ernesto’s House.”
Aljaleel is known as the “Cat Man of Aleppo” for caring for his feline friends, protecting, feeding and keeping them as healthy as possible.
Although cats had the lion’s share of Aljaleel’s care, children were also recipients of his kindness, as he used to open his house to schoolchildren who come to visit the sanctuary.
“All the schools and the children used to come and visit the sanctuary,” he said. “They would see the huge amount of cats that were left behind by their owners.

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Syria rebels in Damascus district surrender as government comes closer to recapturing whole of capital

Hundreds of Syrian rebel fighters and their families were evacuated from Damascus for the first time on Monday, bringing the government one step closer to recapturing all of the prized capital city.

Fighters in the district of Barzeh, which is besieged by regime forces, surrendered in exchange for safe passage to other opposition-held areas.

Some of the 1,500 men, women and children expected to leave on Monday were pictured boarding government buses, carrying duffel bags and suitcases.

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Meeting an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees

There’s a glint of pride in Abu Jaafar’s eyes as he explains what he does for a living.

He used to work as a security guard in a pub but then he met a group which trades in organs. His job is to find people desperate enough to give up parts of their body for money, and the influx of refugees from Syria to Lebanon has created many opportunities.

“I do exploit people,” he says, though he points out that many could easily have died at home in Syria, and that giving up an organ is nothing by comparison to the horrors they have already experienced.

“I’m exploiting them,” he says, “and they’re benefitting.”

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Report: U.S. Warns Egypt to Recall Military Advisers from Assad’s Military Bases

TEL AVIV – Egypt has received clear warnings from U.S. officials insisting that the country withdraw its military experts from their posts at Syrian army bases, Egyptian diplomatic sources told the Arab media.

According to the sources, who spoke to the respected pan-Arab newspaper Al-Araby, “The American military officials communicated their demand to their Egyptian colleagues, a demand that included a clear warning to remove Egyptian experts who are active in Syrian air force bases under the control of the Bashar Assad regime.”

“Alliances” with Muslim states resemble circular firing squads.

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Syrian president’s British-born wife Asma al-Assad faces calls to be stripped of her UK citizenship

Asma al-Assad, the Syrian president’s British-born wife, is facing calls to be stripped of her UK citizenship after she was accused of propping up his propaganda operation.

Mrs Assad, a former investment banker who married Assad in 2000, has at least three official social media accounts under her name, which are used to praise the Syrian regime’s “martyrs” and attack the West.

The first lady is followed by more than 500,000 followers on Instagram, Facebook and Telegram.

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Nearly 70 children killed by suicide car bombing in Syria

Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitor said on Sunday.

Saturday’s blast hit a convoy carrying residents from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya as they waited at a transit point in rebel-held Rashidin, west of Aleppo.

At least 68 children were among the 126 people killed in the attack, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, updating a previous toll of 112 dead.

h/t DM

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Dozens dead as a suicide car bomb hits convoy of buses evacuating residents from the clutches of ISIS to safe havens in Syria

Dozens of people trying to escape villages close to the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo have been killed in an explosion.

The lethal blast, believed to be a car bomb, happened at a transit point for Syrians being taken to safe havens on the outskirts of the city.

Shocking images of the aftermath show bodies lying on the ground and coaches alight.

Initial reports on Syrian state television claim 43 people died in the explosion in a rebel-held area, while dozens more were injured.

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The Question of Saving Syrian Children

“…War always affects children, and what so many of us have been slow to understand is that before Assad was gassing children, he was blowing them to bits. Bulldozing them over with tanks. Starving them to death. The gas is what got us. All the other things he has done (and any warring power must eventually do), and we have drawn the line at the gas. We made a law that nobody must use gas, and because we made a law, we have made everything else seem like less of a crime. What we have not asked is how many of Assad’s friends’ children have been killed by the rebels. We have not asked who the rebels are or why they are rebelling or whether they are better than Assad. But we want to meddle in Syria as we meddled in Iraq – as we meddled in Iran – as we want to meddle everywhere we see pictures of people being brutalized. Our hearts and our wallets lead us to break hearts and drain wallets. We worry that Syrians are dying, so we may send Americans to die.”

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U.S. Options in Syria Don’t Include Ground Troops

Writing in the Washington Post, neo-conservatives Reuel Gerecht and Ray Takeyh wrongheadedly propose to send U.S. ground troops to fight Iran and its proxies in Iran and Syria:

It is way past time for Washington to stoke the volcano under Tehran and to challenge the regime on the limes of its Shiite empire. This will be costly and will entail the use of more American troops in both Syria and Iraq. But if we don’t do this, we will not see an end to the sectarian warfare that nurtures jihadists. We will be counting down the clock on the nuclear accord, waiting for advanced centrifuges to come on line. As with the Soviet Union vs. Ronald Reagan, to confront American resolution, the mullahs will have to pour money into their foreign ventures or suffer humiliating retreat.

They’re nuts. The last thing the US should do is commit ground forces.

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“Emergency” Anti-War Protests Hit Across America – “Hands Off Syria”

“Emergency” protests were held Friday in at least a dozen US cities. They were largely organized on social media by the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition, which called the US assertion that the Syrian government carried out attacks on its own people “unsubstantiated” and demanded an independent investigation.

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MSNBC Wonders If Putin Told Assad To Gas Children In Order To Make Trump Look Good

I’ve heard quite a few nutty conspiracy theories from random Twitter trolls, but this one comes from no ordinary troll. This comes straight from Lawrence O’Donnell– as in THE DUDE EMPLOYED BY MSNBC.

He’s so convinced that Putin and Trump are lovers that he floated the deranged idea that Putin told Assad to gas his own people in order to make Trump look good.

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‘Assad is trying to kill everyone that survived the chemical attack,’ says resident of Syrian town being bombed once again

Residents of the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, which on Tuesday suffered one of the deadliest chemical attacks of the war, thought their nightmare was over.

But they discovered yesterday that President Bashar al-Assad was not finished with them yet.

On Friday night and into Saturday morning, the northern rebel-held town was pummelled once again by Syrian warplanes.

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Donald Trump ‘considering sacking Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus’ as simmering West Wing feud engulfs White House

The US president is said to be determined to end the simmering feud within the West Wing that pits Mr Bannon and his allies against Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump.

The two clashed over the decision of whether or not to launch Friday’s early morning air strikes against the Syrian regime, with Mr Bannon firmly stating intervention did not advance Mr Trump’s ” America First” doctrine, it is claimed.

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