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Accounts of Syria Rebels Executing Prisoners Raise New Human Rights Concerns

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Syrian insurgents fighting to unseat President Bashar Assad face a growing list of accusations that they've carried out executions and torture, muddying the Western narrative of a heroic resistance force struggling against a vicious regime.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 8:13 pm
(Photo: Tomas Munita / The New York Times)

Washington - Syrian insurgents fighting to unseat President Bashar Assad face a growing list of accusations that they’ve carried out executions and torture, muddying the Western narrative of a heroic resistance force struggling against a vicious regime.

The issue of rebel conduct has come to the forefront this month largely because of a video posted online showing the aftermath of apparent executions of pro-Assad militiamen during the rebels’ capture of an intelligence center in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

A reporter for the Turkish newspaper Milliyet witnessed the incident Tuesday and confirmed in a first-person account the circumstances of the killings: More than a dozen men were captured alive and then summarily executed in what advocacy group Human Rights Watch called an apparent “war crime.”

The men “were forced into a building, then brought before a court of the Free Syrian Army on the back of a pickup truck, after which they were lined up and shot at lightning speed,” the Milliyet reporter wrote.

The incident doesn’t appear to be isolated, either. A McClatchy reporter traveling with a unit of the Free Syrian Army was told that rebels had captured about 45 Assad loyalists in fighting in Al Tal, north of Damascus. Asked later what had become of the prisoners, a rebel said eight had been executed, 25 had been released and the rest were being held in hopes of a future prisoner exchange.

This week, a rebel commander in Damascus said that over the months his unit had executed perhaps 150 people it had detained on suspicion of being pro-Assad informants.

By Hannah Allam and Austin Tice, McClatchy Newspapers | Report | Truthout |

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Jason S (50)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 8:34 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 9:13 pm
This is not helping

Phillipa W (199)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 7:03 am
well they got what they wanted - a lot of violence and a lot of buyers of weapons etc.

Robert S (111)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 10:18 am
The "they" who gain are always there, yet sometimes "we" must fight regardless of the profit some may glean from that fight. It is my ideal to stop the fighting, but in the moment I will stop another from harming one of "mine". This, if I need a gun to do it, might profit the seller of guns. So be it. When one side has all the guns, it does not stop the killing, but only creates killing fields filled with those executed when unable to defend themselves. There is no easy answer.

Billie C (2)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 10:41 am
the so called good guys and bad guys are all the same. we need to stay out of this. what is pouring into syria is terrorists they are probably worse than assad. obama needs to keep out of this. just look at egpyt. of course obama seems to like the muslim brotherhood he's given them enough of our money.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 10:57 am
Those people are monsters. Whenever there is news on Syria it always involves the words torture or executions or x number of people dead. Will this violence ever end?

. (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 10:58 am
During the Balkan war I spoke with a couple of Serbian fellows and when I asked them why they told me it was payback. Why should this situation be any different? People are tribal by nature. In many countries it is the strongest clan ruled by the iron fisted alpha. That is the way it is in the animal kingdom and people for the most part are still animals. Attrocities have occurred on both sides. This is the price that the Western power brokers are willing to pay in order to create a Sunni dominated Middle East in order to balance Iranian/Russian inflence.

Vallee R (280)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 12:08 pm
Globalists at their best - creating scenarios they want the world to see.

Robert S (111)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 12:28 pm
In many countries it is the strongest clan ruled by the iron fisted alpha.

When down at Occupy, became aware of the glare of hate given to me by some among our men in blue. They had fantasies about hurting me, only kept at bay by a watching press and my own awareness. In many cases, nothing could stop them as they expressed their bully bravado against unarmed people, because they know those who watch... move on the next story, just like most do here on Care2...very quickly. When we have the attention spans of gnats, those among us who stand up are smashed like flies and the blood spattered ground is barely dry, before the press and readers move on, assuming the press covered it at all. It occurs to me that perhaps our Press, covers events like this with such tenacity, is to keep our attention off whats going on right here.

Maria Jesus Casado (3)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 1:10 pm
It's great that the reports on crimes are accurate and don't all go to the Assad regime. Bad as it is, what the 2rebels" represent is far worse. This is another example of USA meddling in the ointernal affairs of anotrher country caousing havoc and destructiron to intervene and get what they want, which in never on benefit of USA people.

Kit B (276)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 1:32 pm

We as a country once followed the "pied piper" to another "evil man" in Iraq. Do we not have enough to deal with in the United States? We do not know what is accurate reporting, we do not know what is really happening within Syria, this is an internal problem and not our business. Take care of what is here at home and let others sort out their problems. guns and money...

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 2:57 pm
Monsters on both sides.!!

Janet B (36)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 3:23 pm
Does not surprise meat all.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 7:32 pm
Libya all over again.

Did you catch any news from Libya lately? It used to be on every TV channel day and night for 6 months until they killed Ghaddafi. After the video of mob lynching Ghaddafi leaked, politicians proclaimed democracy in Libya, expressed their disagreement with the way that Ghaddafi was killed, and quickly changed the subject. Since then, there is a complete media blackout about ongoing fights and civilian victims in Libya. But we can't avoid pictures from massacres in Syria and winding for the new "humanitarian intervention" to protect civilians.

Has anybody from our brave media asked Libyans how are they doing lately? Nope, this is so last year. This year, Syria is IN.

pam w (139)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 8:16 pm
Jelica raises an excellent point. The world supports "new democracies" but....we have no way of knowing what's going to happen AFTER the elections! It's a tough call for diplomats....on one hand, we want to support fledgeling democracies but, on the other hand, we can't really demand that they "do it OUR way."

This mess in Syria has all the earmarks of an ongoing human tragedy with meaningless warfare and innocent civilians slaughtered to it.

Jessie Cross (295)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 11:20 pm
These are all societies that mostly do not have the word democracy in their daily vocabulary. Freedom maybe but democracy no. It's not part and parcel of their culture. And freedom for one group - as in Libya - means fear for another. It's a problem all around the world and as much as one would like everything to turn out neat and tidy and most of all acceptably non-violent, it usually does not. It is stil very difficult to understand how to get rival 'groups' or tribes to live togetherr and in the end it is going to be up to them.

Devon Leonar (54)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 11:28 pm
Yes, it is my concern also that our govt' (along with others)has had their hand in directing the flow of events here and I can think of no other core reason other than (the control of) oil. Is there a proxy war being carried out in Syria between the opposing super powers? Is this a scenario of pawns in the game...? There's a lot more going on here than what we are hearing. And there is much that we as westerners have little or no understanding of about Middle Eastern cultures. Assumptions can be devastating... It seems difficult at best to get a clear picture of what is really happening in Syria, why, and who all the players are and what their motives are.
My heart goes out to the people there that are, will or have suffered grievously because of this conflict. There just has to be another way,,,,,,,,,,,,

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1067)
Monday August 6, 2012, 3:24 am
Thanks Kit

Past Member (0)
Monday August 6, 2012, 3:33 am

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Monday August 6, 2012, 3:40 am

Past Member (0)
Monday August 6, 2012, 3:44 am
Bloody awful

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday August 6, 2012, 3:48 am
Assad's opponents are Muslim Brotherhood terrorist of Al-Queda style.

Obviously, it is against interests of Western civilization to support them, yet this is exactly what Obama is secretly doing. As in Libya.


Craig Pittman (52)
Monday August 6, 2012, 8:29 am
By this report it would appear there are no good guys in this civil war. In any case the West should not interfere by sending troops or arms into that country.

Kerrie G (116)
Monday August 6, 2012, 9:41 am
Noted, thanks.

Kit B (276)
Monday August 6, 2012, 1:08 pm

Very cool that Bob knows exactly what the United States is SECRETLY doing or not.

Jaime Alves (52)
Monday August 6, 2012, 2:25 pm
Very sad.!!

Robert S (111)
Monday August 6, 2012, 3:34 pm
Oh he knows everything. Ask fact don't ask him...he'll tell you anyway.
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