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The wide distribution of satellite channel images of victims allowed Alawite families near Latakia to recognize their children who had been abducted two weeks prior by the "rebels."
Syrian rebels have pushed deep into the coastal Alawite stronghold for the first time, seizing a string of villages in a campaign which, locals have warned, threatens to open the area up to full-blown sectarian war.p
"We are still finding people who were killed in their homes, and bodies left in bushes," said Sheikh Mohammed Reda Hatem, an Alawite religious leader in Latakia. Until now 150 Alawites from the villages have been kidnapped. There are women and children among them. We have lost all contact with them
EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack
However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack.
“My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of a rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta.
Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels were killed inside of a tunnel used to store weapons provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, who was leading a fighting battalion. The father described the weapons as having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas bottle.”
Ghouta townspeople said the rebels were using mosques and private houses to sleep while storing their weapons in tunnels.
Abdel-Moneim said his son and the others died during the chemical weapons attack. That same day, the militant group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is linked to al-Qaida, announced that it would similarly attack civilians in the Assad regime’s heartland of Latakia on Syria’s western coast, in purported retaliation.
“They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a female fighter named ‘K.’ “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”
AlNusra Front, an FSA group, executed the kidnapped Sheikh Badr Ghazal in Latakia’s countryside.
Sheikh Badr was attacked and kidnapped from his own home with over 150 civilian by the proud Jihadists on 4/8/2013, and taken to an unknown destination. There was talk of negotiation for his release.
Peter N. Bouckaert: The kidnappings have been going on for about a year, it’s really intensified. It started mostly when fighting broke out in Aleppo, and developed and grown since then into a broader trend across many parts of Syria, and also spilling into neighboring countries. A couple different kinds of kidnapping take place. A lot of them are criminal in nature by groups that say they have an affiliation with Jabhat al-Nusra, and they try to kidnap wealthy Syrians and some journalists for ransom.
A second kind is more sectarian in nature, “tit for tat” kidnappings between different sides. So a Sunni will get kidnapped by Alawites or Shia, and his relatives will go kidnap Alawites or Shia, hold them hostage and try to make an exchange. We’ve especially seen that in the Lebanese border area.
The 2013 Ghouta attack was an incident involving chemical weapons and bombardment that occurred on Wednesday, 21 August 2013, allegedly occurring in a short span of time in several areas of the Ghouta region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria. The incident occurred in opposition-controlled or disputed areas of the Damascus suburbs, with the Syrian government and the opposition blaming each other for the attack
Originally posted by canucks555
We all know "public opinion" is based on MSM reporting
And the link in the OP is accurate because it's not MSM reporting?
Does that alone make it believable? Because it's one sided? Becasue it isn't msm?
The link in the OP is not msm. It's actually a pro Assad site.
I'll take Reuters any day.
Non msm is, sorry to say, garbage and diluted these days, like this story.
(unadulterated lying one sided propaganda)
edit on 8-9-2013 by canucks555 because: (no reason given)