Syrian War Report – July 20, 2016: US-backed Rebels Beheaded 11yo Kid

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The US-backed ‘moderate rebels’ from the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki captured a Palestinian kid, accused him of being a “spy” of Palestinian pro-government militia, Liwa al-Quds, and beheaded him for this. The event was in the militant-controlled refugee camp “Handarat Camp” in northern Aleppo. Nour al-Din al-Zenki operates in the area of Aleppo city and receives financial aid from the United States, in a CIA run program to support the so-called “moderate rebel groups.”

Nour al-Din al-Zenki is affiliated to the Supreme Military Command (SMC) of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and as major part of FSA units collaborates with various Jihadist groups, including the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Al Nusra.

Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department, Mark Toner, told reporters at a daily briefing Tuesday that the US may reconsider assistance to the group if reports of beheaded boy are confirmed. Toner refused to provide any information about the expected US reaction.

Meanwhile, US-led coalition air strikes have allegedly killed about 60 civilians in the village of Tokhar near Syria’s Manbij. Various reports suggest numbers from 56 to 120 dead civilians, including kids, as result of the US air strikes. On Monday, 21 civilian were killed in U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Manbij’s northern Hazawneh quarter. The coalition, that has been providing air support for the Kurdish-led military operation in Manbij, has not provided comments, yet. However, if they even comment, it’s clear that they will call these facts a common mistake and forget as they did with the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

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  • JL

    A lot of focus on civilian death toll by US airstrikes… What about the Russians, they are known to be more careless in general. Is this a propaganda canal or what?

    • cnn.com can help in your case

      • George Washington

        No disrespect but can we please get actual battle updates in the future?

        JL is wrong about the Russian airstrikes but I think what he meant was:

        “Please don’t use the *Syrian War Report* tag for RT-style propaganda.”

        I understand this is a big story but IMO it wasn’t appropriate to use this label when your coverage of major events on other fronts is lagging behind this week.

        • George Washington

          To clarify – this story is undeniably true (and horrible) but some of us object to the way South Front is choosing to label it as a “Syrian War Report”.

          • Jacek Wolski

            Well, war is horrible. And war and his sidekick death, ain’t going away anytime soon. What you ‘see’ is humanity at its finest.

    • VGA

      Don’t worry about the origin of the info, worry if the info is TRUE or false.

      I assume you want to know what really is going on in Syria, like me. If not, then just follow the western mainstream media, they will sugar coat it.

    • Leo

      “They are known to be more careless” – but only if you are russophobic moron full of s…tereotypes.
      Better watch CNN.

      • Joseph Scott

        Indeed, that’s little more than stereotype. In fact, Americans have been habitually careless about ‘collateral damage’ through the 20th Century. One need only look at WWII (they were quite a menace to French and Italian civilians, and their own troops) , Korea (killed both South and North Korean civilians in droves), Vietnam (famous for such quaint phrases as “If it’s running and Vietnamese, it’s VC” and the designation of large areas as Free Fire Zones, where anything could be shot at, and often was, without repercussion.), to Iraq (where we mistook weddings for Al-Qaeda) and Afghanistan, to say nothing of our drone campaign in Pakistan (where rainy days are regarded as the best days because the drones don;t fly), Somalia, Yemen, etc. Currently, they get about 30 civilians per one ‘suspected terrorist.’ Lousy odds. Meanwhile, while Russia has had callous periods, (the Chechen Wars were pretty vicious on both sides), ask veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan about all the ROEs they were stuck with, especially in the second stage of the war. It’s not much like the the propaganda accounts that Voice of America and other CIA/State Dept. mouthpieces tell about that war.

  • Barry

    The so called ‘freedom movement’ lmao

  • enemies R among us

    Yeah, and RuAF air strikes never kill civilians …

    • hmm

      ‘When the Germans bomb, the Allies take cover. When the British bomb, the Axis take cover. When the Americans bomb, everyone takes cover!’
      -A standard joke common to both sides of the line in Normandy.

  • Leo

    Moderate terrorists, I bet McCain knows them “intimately”

  • jj

    Russia and the Syrian army, defense forces and Hezbollah all need to bomb or fight harder to punish this super cruel act on the sickly boy (he was being treated for Mediterranean anemia, hence the iv, bag with blood, medical gauze) who was kidnapped from a hospital by these fat-faced goons.
    Russia should drop 1,000 bombs just for that act.