Syrian Rebels Accused Of Committing War Crimes, Say UN Officials‏ – OpEd


Before embracing the Syrian rebellion, American leaders would be wise to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by some of the rebels fighting the Assad regime. A graphic video examined by officials from the United Nations on Saturday appears to show Syrian rebels beating and murdering soldiers or pro-Assad militiamen, and is possibly evidence of war crimes, according to a counterterrorism source in Israel.

The Israeli source emailed an Internet hyperlink of the video to the Law Enforcement Examiner on Saturday, but believes the actual incident occurred on Thursday.

The video shows gunmen beating and shooting a group of prisoners who are seen cowering on the floor. It has been alleged that radical Islamist carried out the attack after seizing several security checkpoints.

The video appears to show agitated rebels kicking and pushing the soldiers or pro-government militiamen, known locally as “Shabiha”, to the ground inside one of the seized buildings. Shots are then fired into the cowering mass of bodies.

Rupert Colville, of the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights, said it appeared that the victims “were no longer combatants and therefore, at this point, it looks very like a war crime”.

Coville noted that the video, if proved to be genuine, would almost certainly form part of a future prosecution.

Human rights group Amnesty International said in a statement: “This shocking footage depicts a potential war crime in progress, and demonstrates an utter disregard for international humanitarian law by the armed group in question.”

It’s believed the ultra-radical Salafists are responsible, according to the Israeli source. The Salafists and other terrorist groups actively fighting the Assad government do not answer to any military council affiliated with the rebel Free Syrian Army, according to the counterterrorism source.

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for, and he's a columnist for In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

2 thoughts on “Syrian Rebels Accused Of Committing War Crimes, Say UN Officials‏ – OpEd

  • November 5, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Syrian Rebels Accused Of Committing War Crimes, Say U.N. Officials you must be joking. Russia and China have been backing Assad for the last year Assad uses Cluster Bombs on his own people killing 30,000 and 18,000 missing. Has the UN lost it’s mind over 79 pro Assad Army being shot who are you trying to kid the world or yourself. I hope the Rebels win and Kick Assad out. How sick that the UN would take Assad’s side. The UN I like that it Chides China over Tibet but this sickness to blame victims of a Butcher like Assad that over reacted shame on the UN.

  • November 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    The fight in Syria seems apparently for supremacy than rights. It can also be said between US/Allies on one side of rebels and the China/Russia on Asad side while US/Allies on the rebels side. This is the effect of the cold war extension in the third world. Who knows, it might be the harbinger of a wider world conflict. Let us wait and see. I had a wild fear
    of wider conflict coinciding with US election but that seems to have seen it through.


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