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Saturday, June 9, 2012

9 June - Weekly Intercept

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 weekly intercept



Channel 4 News's chief correspondent Alex Thomson says anti-Assad Syrian rebels plotted to kill him and his crew when they were in Syria.


He says that he and his crew were deliberately led by the rebels into an area where they would be killed.

Anhar Kochneva writes:
I’ve been living permanently in Syria for the last seven months, and I saw only three ‘so-called demonstrations’. So-called, because there were very few people and they were clearly staged as a performance for journalists. “Protests” were shot on video for five or ten minutes before people quickly dispersed. In some cities, where bandits took control temporarily, they forced people to go to demonstrations.
Tragically, Syria is an obstacle for the US to change the political balance in the Middle East. Read the book Where to Invade Next, edited by Stephen Elliott, and you will understand a lot about the Arab Spring.
In January, a mission of the League of Arab States gave a detailed report on the events in Damascus. They reported that police conduct in Homs was a reaction to the activities of the armed gangs. 

White House: Syrian president Assad lied about Houla massacre in June 4 speech

Assad addressed Syria’s parliament on Sunday morning local time in a defiant speech at the People’s Assembly, vowing he will continue to fight the terrorism in his country which he called “a real war waged from outside”.

“Colonisation remains colonisation but it changes its faces and methods”, the Syrian president said. “We have to fight terrorism for the nation to heal and we will firmly continue to do so. We are prepared to dialogue with those who do not receive instructions from abroad, but there won’t be dialogue with those who seek foreign intervention.”

What happened in al-Houla, al-Qazzaz, al-Midan, Deir Ezzour, Aleppo, and many other places in Syria, and what we described as brutal, heinous and ugly massacres, is in real fact very difficult to describe. Even beasts do not do such things, particularly what happened in al-Houla. I believe that neither the Arabic language nor any other human language can describe what we saw.

If we wanted to offer condolences, it is hard to offer them to families and relatives because whole families were killed. 


Russian ANNA News journalist Marat Musin

“In the weekend of May 25, 2012, at about 2 PM, big groups of fighters attacked and captured the town of Al-Hula of the Homs province. […] The town was attacked from the north-east by groups of bandits and mercenaries, numbering up to 700 people. The militants came from Ar-Rastan (the Brigade of al-Farouk from the Free Syrian Army led by the terrorist Abdul Razak Tlass and numbering 250), from the village of Akraba (led by the terrorist Yahya Al-Yousef), from the village Farlaha, joined by local gangsters, and from Al Hula. […]

When the rebels seized the lower checkpoint in the center of the town and located next to the local police department, they began to sweep all the families loyal to the authorities in neighboring houses, including the elderly, women and children. Several families of the Al-Sayed were killed, including 20 young children and the family of the AbdulRazak. […]

The people were killed with knives and shot at point blank range. Then they presented the murdered to the UN and the international community as victims of bombings by the Syrian army, something that was not verified by any marks on their bodies. […]

During the attack […] the armed men lost 25 people, which were then submitted to the UN observers, together with the 108 dead civilians – “victims of the regime”, allegedly killed by bombing and shelling of the Syrian army. As for the remaining 83 bodies, including 38 young children, they were from the families that were executed by militants, all loyal to the government of Syria.”

Italian peace activist and independent journalist Marinella Correggia also says there are many facts that cast huge doubts on claims that the Syrian government forces were behind the Houla massacre. In an interview on Russia Today [3], she mentions that all victims of the massacre in online videos appear to have been killed at close range and not as a result of artillery strikes, which doesn’t make it plausible that the Syrian army attacked Houla with heavy weapons, murdering the children. 

[1] The full text of President Bashar al-Assad's speech delivered at the People's Assembly on June 4 can be read here

[2] The full text of the translation of the experiences of Russian ANNA News journalist Marat Musin in the region of Houla can be read

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