Tags: Syria | Syria | conflict | US | video

NYT Says Has Video of Syrian Rebels Executing Soldiers

Friday, 06 Sep 2013 07:39 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The New York Times said it has obtained a video of Syrian rebels executing soldiers, fresh evidence of opposition brutality that comes at a crucial moment as world leaders debate launching strikes on the Damascus regime.

The footage is the latest indication that some in the Syrian opposition, which Washington backs, are behaving as ruthlessly as the regime they are fighting to oust.

It is also a reminder of how violent and criminal Syria has become as the US Congress prepares to vote on attacking President Bashar al-Assad's regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

The newspaper said the video was smuggled out of Syria by a former rebel upset by the killings.

The footage, which the newspaper said was shot in 2012 and sneaked out of the country a few days ago, shows seven Syrian soldiers, some with welts on their backs and their faces pressed in the dirt.

A military commander recites a revolutionary verse.

"For fifty years, they are companions to corruption," he said. "We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge."

Once the poem is over, the commander shoots the first prisoner in the back of the head and fellow gunmen quickly follow suit.

A key concern for the United States as it weighs an intervention is who among the multifaceted Syrian opposition it can trust as allies to replace Assad.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week passed a resolution allowing the use of force against Syria over an August chemical weapons attack, albeit with restrictions, and more votes in the rest of the legislature are likely next week.

bur/dw/jhb

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Hamas Leader Meshaal Demands End to Occupation

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 08:24 AM

The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Palestinian land.Khaled Meshaal tells CBS News i . . .

Global Pressure Mounts on Israel to Halt Gaza Offensive

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 08:21 AM

International pressure mounted on Israel to end its three-week offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, with Presid . . .

UN Council Agrees on Demand for Gaza Cease-Fire

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 21:58 PM

The U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement calling for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved