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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 04:41 PM

Syrian Rebels Risk Losing Moral High Ground To Assad As Video Shows Summary Executions [View all]

Source: Associated Press

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, August 2, 4:11 PM

BEIRUT — The unsteady, hand-held video shows several bloodied prisoners, one in boxer shorts, being led into a noisy outdoor crowd and placed against a wall. The prisoners crouch and seem to avert their eyes as men carrying assault rifles shout slogans and take aim. The gunfire lasts for more than 30 seconds.

The international community has accused Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces of war crimes, but the gunmen in this gruesome video were rebels. Their slogans: “Free Syrian Army Forever!” and “God is Great!”

The video, which surfaced online this week, is fueling concerns that opposition fighters are capable of brutality that matches that of the regime they are seeking to topple — a charge that could badly damage the rebellion’s ability to claim the moral high ground in the Syrian civil war.

As rebels gain more territory and a multitude of militias, jihadists and criminals join the fight against Assad, reports of serious human rights abuses committed by armed opposition elements are on the rise.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-rebels-risk-losing-moral-high-ground-to-assad-as-video-shows-summary-executions/2012/08/02/gJQAkYDTSX_story.html

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