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Syria Assad Regime Military Retaliation – Houla Massacre

According to the United Nations, 108 people were killed, including 34 women and 49 children, they were killed in the attack overnight between 25 and 26 May 2012, most knifed or shot at close range. Most of the massacre’s victims had been “summarily executed in two separate incidents and an “entire families were shot in their houses” in the village of Taldo.

Video later emerged on the Internet showing the bloodstained bodies of many children huddled on a floor in the dark, some with their skulls split open, some with their throats cut, and others knifed or shot to death.

The video also featured a man’s voice screaming, “These are all children! Watch, you dogs, you Arabs, you animals – look at these children, watch, just watch!”

UN investigators have reported that most of the dead were summarily executed, the consistent testimonies of victims and witnesses with direct knowledge of the events stated that the massacre was committed by pro-government Shabiha.

Channel 4 news reported that Houla residents stated that the Syrian military and government-hired Shabiha were the perpetrators of the massacre, as claimed by opposition groups. Townspeople described how Shabiha, who were thought to be men from Shia/Alawite villages to the south and west of Houla (Kabu and Felleh were named repeatedly) entered the town after several hours of shelling. According to one eyewitness, the killers had written Shia slogans on their foreheads (the Alawi faith is a Shia sect).

An elected president free to kill his own citizens and nobody would stop him! Innocent unarmed civilians: men, women, children and infants were brutally slashed, hacked to death with knives or shot at close range in their own home. This manifestation of the sectarian hatred fomenting within the country.

“What happened in Houla and elsewhere (in Syria) are brutal massacres which even MONSTERS would not have carried out,” Mr Assad said in the televised address.

Syria Assad carry out Al Houla Massacre on May 25, 2012

Houla Massacre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houla_massacre

Syria crisis: Assad denies role in Houla massacre:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-18313129

Syria President Bashar al-Assad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad

Syria Assad Regime Gruesome Torture Photos on Display at UN

Graphic exhibition of photographs showing the victims of atrocities carried out by Assad regime goes on display at UN headquarters.

The photographs were part of a cache of 55,000 smuggled out of Syria on flash drives last year by “Caesar”, the code name given to a former Syrian military photographer who defected. Caesar had been tasked with taking pictures of the corpses of those who died inside facilities run by the Assad regime. The thousands of images were taken between 2011 and 2013, and according to forensic analysis depict 11,000 deaths. Caesar and his team recently began posting photos from the cache of victims’ faces on Facebook, to help families and prosecutors identify their missing relatives.

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

syria assad torture photos on display at UN

Article from:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/11/images-syrian-torture-shock-new-yorkers-united-nations#

Endless chemical attacks in Syria but useless international action

syria assad chlorine gas bomb attack on children

Helicopters from Bashar Al-Assad’s regime attacked the Syrian village of Sarmin in Idlib province last week, dropping barrel bombs filled with chlorine gas that killed at least six people and wounded dozens more, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and pro-opposition Local Coordination Committees reported.

“There is extreme fear and panic among the people of Sarmin, combined with serious population displacement,” said Abdullah Jada’an, an activist from Idlib. “They are waiting for the international community to penalize the Syrian regime.”

Multiple sources have also claimed that residents of the southern Damascus neighbourhood of Al-Qadam were targeted on Tuesday overnight by a gas attack; the number of victims is not yet known.

These attacks came two weeks after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria; it stressed that those who use such weapons will be held accountable. The resolution, however, did not specify the perpetrators of the known chemical attacks, but promised to take action if it such attacks occur again.

Footage from the attack on Sarmin revived memories of the faces of those who were targeted in the August 2013 chemical attack on East Ghouta, near Damascus; civilians, including children, were unable to breathe and were choking to death. The world powers failed to hold the regime accountable for the attack in 2013. They did, however, strip the Assad regime of its chemical arsenal thanks to a US-Russian agreement under Article VIII of the Chemical Weapons Convention to prevent such crimes.

“I think the international community is completely ignoring what is going on in Syria,” said Samir Nashar, a Syrian opposition figure and member of the Syrian National Coalition. “Bashar Al-Assad derives his strength from [the weakness of] the international community. As such, he is using internationally prohibited weapons repeatedly.”

After obtaining reports confirming the use of chemical weapons, the UN drafted four resolutions to intervene militarily in Syria, but all four were blocked by Russia’s veto which, along with China’s, protected Assad’s grip on power in Syria. The UN failure to intervene has destroyed the hopes of many Syrians that the international community will really hold Assad and his regime accountable.

The US has had a strained relationship with Syria since 2003, when it threatened sanctions due to Assad’s development of chemical weapons; Damascus denied the American allegations. Prior to the regime’s first attack using chemical weapons, US President Barack Obama warned that a chemical weapon attack would make the US minded to intervene in Syria.

In mid-2013, Assad’s forces used Sarin gas in an area near Damascus. Obama was close to declaring a war against the Syrian regime before changing his stance after brokering a deal with Russia, Assad’s main ally.

In June 2014, a joint mission of the UN and the Netherlands-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that the removal of Assad’s chemical weapons materials was complete. Chlorine gas was not included in the disarmament agreement, however, though it is considered to be a chemical weapon internationally. Damascus did not list chlorine on the declaration of its chemical weapons arsenal.

In response, the Syrian opposition issued a statement condemning the use of chlorine gas as part of the attack on Sarmin, calling on the UN Security Council to investigate the incident. “We call on the Security Council to send a fact-finding mission to the scene as quickly as possible and investigate the regime’s use of chlorine gas. Assad knows that he can get away with murder… Unless the UN Security Council takes enforceable measures to ensure accountability,” added opposition spokesman Salem Al-Meslet in a separate statement.

The OPCW concluded its fact-finding mission to Syria recently and announced that chlorine gas was used “systematically and repeatedly” in northern Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks made it clear that he believes that the whole world must condemn the attack and indicated the need for an investigation. “The international community cannot turn a blind eye to such barbarism,” said Kerry. “The Assad regime continues to flout international standards and norms.”

According to Samir Nashar, the current priority for American foreign policy, which he thinks dictates international policy, is its discussions with Tehran over Iran’s nuclear capability. “If an agreement [with Iran] is signed by the beginning of the [next] month, I believe that major shifts will happen,” he concluded.

Chemical Chlorine gas attacked on Idlib city 29-31st, March 2015

Chemical Chlorine gas attacked on Sarmin near Idlib on March 26, 2015

Chemical Chlorine gas attacked on Binnish, Idlib on March 24, 2015

Chemical Chlorine gas attacked on Qmenas, Idlib on March 23, 2015

Chemical Chlorine gas attacked on Sarmin near Idlib on March 16, 2015

Abdulrahman Al-Masri is a freelance journalist based in Canada. His work covers politics and news in the Middle East, and Syria in particular. He analyses international politics and the crises in the region, bringing attention to the way that foreign interests influence conflicts. Follow him on twitter at @AbdulrhmanMasri.

Article published on Thursday, 26 March 2015

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/middle-east/17712-endless-chemical-attacks-in-syria-but-useless-international-action

9400 Syrian Children are being detained in Assad Regime Jail System

3 Million refugees, half of them are children
13 Million people internally displaced
2 Million properties destroyed which cost 9.3 Billion
Over 250,000 people killed include 20,000+ were children
Over 1.1 Million injuried and thousand were maimed

Over 11,000 Syrian were tortured to death
Over 150,000 Syrians are still in regime’s custody

—— Approximately 9,400 Syrian child prisoners, including 1,500 are forcibly-disappeared children being detained in Assad regime’s Syrian jail system.
—— Approximately 4,600 woman prisoners, including 1,150 are forcibly disappeared women being detained in Assad regime’s Syrian jail system.
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27-01-2015 was Holocaust Memorial Day, marking 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

This is a day on which the world leaders and media are queueing up to make pious speeches and write tearful editorials about their righteous horror at Hitler’s genocide.

While the same world leaders and media are tacitly and overtly supporting Assad, the blood-drenched dictator, ongoing genocide, their pious hypocritical speeches and their lies of ‘Never Again’ are simply offensive.

9400 Syrian children being detained in Syria Assad regime' Syrian jail system.

Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Civil War

Use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Civil War has been confirmed by the United Nations. The deadliest attacks were the Ghouta attack in the suburbs of Damascus in August 2013 and the Khan al-Asal attack in the suburbs of Aleppo in March 2013. Several other attacks have been alleged, reported and investigated.

A U.N. fact-finding mission and a UNHRC Commission of Inquiry have simultaneously investigated the attacks. The U.N. mission found likely use of the nerve agent Sarin in the case of Khan Al-Asal (19 March 2013), Saraqib (29 April 2013), Ghouta (21 August 2013), Jobar (24 August 2013) and Ashrafiyat Sahnaya (25 August 2013). The UNHRC commission later confirmed the use of Sarin in the Khan al-Asal, Saraqib and Ghouta attacks, but did not mention the Jobar and the Ashrafiyat Sahnaya attacks.That Sarin was used in Khan al-Asal was also the conclusion of the Russian investigation of the attack.

The UNHRC commission also found that the Sarin used in the Khan al-Asal attack bore “the same unique hallmarks” as the Sarin used in the Ghouta attack and indicated that the perpetrators likely had access to chemicals from the Syrian Army’s stockpile.

The victims’ symptoms described by medics – were consistent with exposure to a nerve agent, including shortness of breath, disorientation, runny nose, eye irritation, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, general weakness, and eventual loss of consciousness.

Syria Assad Regime chemical attack on civilians

Assad Syria War chemical attack

Syria Assad regime chemical sarin nerve agent

Syria Assad Regime's chemical weapon

 Syria Assad regime's chemical weapons stockpile

Syria chemical agent use: sarin nerve agent

Syria Assad Chemical Attack War Crime

Syria Assad chemical weapons attack allegation

Syrian chemical weapons massacre

Syrian Civil War - Chemical Attack by Assad regime

Chemical weapons used by Syria president Bashar al-Assad against his own people

Syria chemical attack: What we know
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-23927399

Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Civil War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use_of_chemical_weapons_in_the_Syrian_civil_war

Ghouta chemical attack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghouta_chemical_attack

ASSAD REGIME ‘FREELY’ KILLS SYRIANS

Dar al-Shifa hospital where doctors struggled to patch up toddlers, rebels, and even government snipers—until Assad’s forces bombed it into oblivion.

The reason Assad forces aim for the hospital is that “when you kill one doctor, it is better than killing 1,000 fighters.”

On November 21, 2011 Assad’s troops succeeded in leveling the Dar al-Shifa hospital with a missile strike, killing at least 15 people including four members of the volunteer medical staff. Photographer Niclas Hammarström was at the hospital in the month prior to its destruction, documenting the work of those who put their own lives on the line to save others in the heart of the death zone.

Written by unknown soldier of WWI:
The blood swept lands and seas of red,
Where angels dare to tread.
As I put my hand to reach,
As God cried a tear of pain as the angels fell,
Again and again.

Syria conflict - civil war

Read more articles:
Why Syria should matter to Americans
http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/10/world/syria-why-care/

ASSAD REGIME ‘FREELY’ KILLS SYRIANS IN SEVERAL CITIES
http://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2014/10/11/assad-regime-freely-kills-syrians-in-several-cities

The Last Days of a Rebel-Held Hospital in Syria
http://www.motherjones.com/photoessays/2012/12/syrias-war-aleppo-hospital/01-sniper-womanjpg-0

Assad: Terrorize the society and dry up the revolution

Syrians are being plucked off the street by Syrian security forces and paramilitaries and being ‘disappeared’ into torture cells.

“This is a deliberate strategy to terrorise families and communities – the panic of not knowing whether your husband or child is alive breeds such fear that it silences dissent.

Conflict in Syria

Read more articles:
85,000 persons forcibly disappeared in Syrian prisons
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/13888-85000-persons-forcibly-disappeared-in-syrian-prisons

Up to 28,000 Syrians have ‘disappeared’ since uprising began
>http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/oct/18/28000-syrians-disappeared-uprising

There is no place left here for the regime after what they did to Hamza. Hamza Ali al-Khateeb was only 13 years old.
“His head was swollen, purple and disfigured. His body was a mess of welts, cigarette burns and wounds from bullets fired to injure, not kill. His kneecaps had been smashed, his neck broken, his jaw shattered and his penis cut off.

http://jonestream.blogspot.com/2011/05/syria-torture-forced-disappearance.html

http://al-shabaka.org/node/778