Syrian “moderate rebel group” Nour al-Din al-Zenki became widely known past July after beheading a child near Aleppo city and posting the video (CAUTION GRAPHIC FOOTAGE) of this. Initially, some mainstream media (for exmaple BBC) attempted to defend the ‘moderate opposition group’, explaining that it was a “mistake” and an isolated case. [Indeed it was not a msitake, Nour al-Din al-Zenki members continue to behead their opponents].
However, under the pressure of public opinion, the US State Department was pushed to announce that the US may consider to withdraw its support for “rebels” if reports of beheading of 14-year old boy are confirmed. Let’s give a word to State Department spokesman Mark Toner:
— Walid (@walid970721) July 19, 2016
Nour al-Din al-Zenki was a “CIA-vetted” group and was receiving TOW missiles through the CIA program.
Mainstream media outlets and experts argued that the group allegedly lost its “vetted” status after the incident while the US State Department has not provided further comments on the issue.
The subsequent developments showed that child beheadings are not enough reason for the CIA to withdraw its support from Nour al-Din al-Zenki.
The group continues to use US-supplied TOW missiles.
On November 21, the group’s official Twitter page released a photo of group member, using a US-supplied missile.
Then, the “moderate” group published a video, confirming this:
Considering high intensity of battles in which the group is involved across Syria (for example in Aleppo city and in the northern part of Aleppo province), there are almost no doubts that it uses newly-delivered missiles.