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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“…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.”
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.
“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.
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.