Child soldiers and 'war crimes' threaten to destabilize talks on Syria's alternative to Assad
Several months ago, reports began to emerge that the war in Syria had descended to unprecedented levels of brutality: child soldiers were being used in the bloody fight against President Assad. The United Nations (UN) investigated and claimed that opposition groups were indeed using children as part of their motley army but didn’t point the finger at specific perpetrators. International non-governmental organization (NGO), Human Rights Watch, asked for more questions to be posed and prosecutions to begin.Now, new evidence has emerged of the young people engaged in combat on behalf of the opposition. Anti-regime NGO, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, yesterday posted a picture on their Facebook group of a Syrian boy, complete with Kalashnikov pointed to the sky. The image was of 15-year-old Nour-Eddin Habash, a rebel fighter killed in Qalaat Harem, near Idlib in Northwestern Syria. The photo, uploaded by a pro-opposition organization, was a particularly damning indictment of the behavior of an increasingly desperate set of rebel forces. This weekend a video emerged appearing to show Syrian rebels shooting a group of captured regime soldiers as they lay on the ground. The UN threatened to label the event a ‘war crime’. And as evidence mounts of these ‘crimes’, international support for the rebels begins to wane.These revelations could not have come at a worse time for the Syrian opposition, who are meeting in Doha today to try to forge a unified front. After criticism from the United States, the Syrian National Council (SNC) is undergoing a revamp to provide a more realistic opposition for international players to back.
[ed notes;how silly to hear an argument where ''one picture'' surfaces of a child soldier on a ''discreditted western observatory front for opposition''and that should bring into question support for rebels..forget one picture, ''we have shown many videos'' to same effect not with one child,but even battalions,regiments of child soldiers!!! "We Are Osama's Soldiers": Song Taught to Children by FSA Terrorists in anti-Assad Demonstration SYRIA WATCH- Another FSA child soldier http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=821_1343086284&comments=1 Interview With Al-Qaeda Boy Soldier Of 'Free Syrian Army' In Aleppo http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=218_1343091168 Free Syrian Army enslaves child soldiers - YouTube Free Syrian Army Hire Child Soldiers while They ... Rebel Child Soldiers in Deir Ezzor, Syria - YouTube Free Syrian Army Accused Of Using Child Soldiers ... "Free" "Syrian" "Army" (FSA) recruit Child ... LiveLeak.com - Another FSA child soldier LiveLeak.com - FSA child soilders (comments) Syria - French reporter reveals recruitment of ... fsa terorists using child for their dirty propaganda ... fsa terorists and children - YouTube