The Assad regime supported certain radical groups and released them from prison when the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, planting them in terror groups, according to former prosecutor of Aleppo Anwar Majni, who worked in different regions of Syria after graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Aleppo in 1996.
“More than 13,000 terrorists were set free, mainly from the prisons in Tadmur, Sidnaya, Adra and Hama. Those who were released in 2011 and 2012 were then planted in terrorist organizations by the al-Mukhabarat (Syrian intelligence organization), and it was the U.S.’s Abu Ghraib prison model in Iraq which served as an example for the regime’s actions on this matter,” said Majni.
He also stated that all terror elements in Syria, particularly the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Daesh, were somehow trained in the abovementioned Syrian penitentiaries and that 70 of these former prisoners are now top figures in the PKK terror organization.
At least 30,000 civilians brutally slaughtered
“We, as the people of Syria, protested against the despotic Assad regime, regardless of our differences in terms of social class, ideology or ethnicity. Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar al-Assad ran the country for 40 years, ignoring the will of the people. We protested against it as the people of Syria. However, Daesh and the PKK elements dragged our revolution to an ethnic and ideological dimension. Assad’s strategy of breaking the resistance by supporting terror was more effective than his bombardments, and it succeeded.”
“While the Damascus government released thousands of terrorists from prisons, it imprisoned 250,000 innocent civilians who supported the revolution across the country, 30,000 of whom were brutally slaughtered. The Assad regime which pardoned registered terrorists brutally tortured hundreds of thousands of men and women to death,” he added.
Baath is no different than the PKK or Daesh
“Eleven thousand civilians died from torture at the military hospital known as Branch 215 Damascus. Additionally, ‘the Field Court,’ a court which was granted extraordinary powers, executed 13,000 Syrians. There are dozens of prisons in the Assad-controlled regions. They carry out all sorts of torture on the tens of thousands of innocent civilians who they arrested, deeming them as criminals. There are mass graves all around the country, mainly in Damascus, Homs, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo. The Baath regime is no different than the PKK or Daesh in that sense. Our people are the captives of Assad and his supporters,” Majni concluded.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Chemical weapons watchdog investigates Ghouta attacks
The world's chemical weapons watchdog is investigating recent attacks in the besieged, opposition-held Syrian region of eastern Ghouta to determine whether banned munitions were used, sources told Reuters.The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) opened an investigation on Sunday into reports of the repeated use of chlorine bombs this month in the district near the Syrian capital, diplomatic sources told Reuters.Political leaders in France, the United States and United Kingdom said this month they would back targeted military action against Damascus if there were proof of chemical weapons use by forces under President Bashar al-Assad.The investigation comes as Russia ordered the establishment of an evacuation corridor and five-hour daily truce to allow residents to leave eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people are living under siege and bombardment.Among the attacks the OPCW's fact-finding team will examine is one on Sunday which local health authorities said killed a child and caused symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas, the sources said.The OPCW did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to discuss the operation in public.Use of chlorine as a chemical weapons is prohibited under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. If inhaled, chlorine gas turns into hydrochloric acid in the lungs and the build-up of fluids can drown victims.The latest OPCW mission is seeking to determine whether chemical weapons were used in violation of the international weapons convention which Syria signed in 2013 after hundreds died in a massive sarin gas attack in Ghouta.The OPCW will not assign blame.The team does not intend to travel to Ghouta because of safety concerns - two previous visits by inspectors in 2013 and 2014 were ambushed - but will gather witness testimony, photographic and video evidence, and interview medical experts.The United States fired 59 cruise missiles at Syria's Shayrat airbase in April, saying it had been used by Assad's forces to carry out a sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people, many of them women and children.Syria and its close ally Russia, which provides military support to Assad's forces, deny using chemical weapons and blame insurgents.Shelling in Syria's Ghouta stops aid, 1,000 medical evacuations: UNSyrian Observatory says strikes hit two Ghouta townsEastern Ghouta tragedy ‘shame of humanity,’ says Turkish PMA U.N.-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism, established by the United Nations to identify those responsible for chemical weapons attacks, concluded in 2016 that Syrian government forces had used chlorine as a chemical weapon in three cases.It concluded last year that Assad regime forces were also behind the sarin nerve agent attack on Khan Sheikhoun. A renewal of the mission's mandate was vetoed by Moscow at the U.N. Security Council.The use of chemical weapons has become systematic in Syria's seven-year war, but political rifts between Western powers and Russia have hamstrung the United Nations and the OPCW, leaving them unable to act against violations of international law.
Shelling in Syria's Ghouta stops aid, 1,000 medical evacuations: UN
Fighting and shelling continued in eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, preventing any aid from reaching the besieged Syrian enclave during a five-hour pause "unilaterally" declared by Russia, the United Nations said."It is a question life and death - if ever there was a question of life and death - we need a 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria as the Security Council demands," Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), told a Geneva briefing.More than 1,000 sick and wounded are on a list of people needing medical evacuation by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said. "But we don't have any updates on something like that taking place or coming right now," he added.Video: Assad regime violates UNSC and Russia's ceasefire, shells Eastern GhoutaEastern Ghouta tragedy ‘shame of humanity,’ says Turkish PMBritain may join US strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use provenAssad regime violates UNSC and Russia ceasefire, shells Eastern Ghouta
Assad regime violates UNSC and Russia ceasefire, shells Eastern Ghouta
Flouting the United Nations Security Council and Russia’s ceasefire, the Bashar al-Assad regime fired artillery shells into Syria's opposition-held Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said helicopters dropped two bombs on the town of Shifouniyeh and a warplane struck the town of Aftaris.A five-hour truce from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (0700 GMT to 1200 GMT) called by Russia began on Tuesday. Moscow said the aim of the truce was to allow civilians to escape the targeted area.The Syrian regime has engaged in a fierce offensive targeting Eastern Ghouta with Moscow's help. Bombardment has killed hundreds since Feb. 18.Video: Assad regime violates UNSC and Russia's ceasefire, shells Eastern GhoutaTruce called by Russia comes into effect near DamascusUK calls for investigation of Syria gas attacks
Over 1,000 civilian deaths in E. Ghouta: Watchdog
More than 1,000 civilians, including children and women, have been killed since mid-November in attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies including Russia in besieged Eastern Ghouta, according to a U.K-based human rights watchdog. Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said in a statement on Sunday that from Nov. 14, 2017 to Saturday, 1,121 people, including 281 children and 171 women, had lost their lives amid the "barbaric offensive" against the Damascus suburb.During this time, 18 attacks have been carried out on medical facilities, 32 attacks on local markets, and 11 attacks on schools, according to the statement, which also noted three chemical attacks, four cluster munition attacks, and 124 barrel bombs dropped in the region since mid-November."For seven years, Eastern Ghouta has been the target of purposeful, continued marginalization efforts that targeted the people’s social, economic, and mental structure there, as the Syrian regime and its allies have carried out various patterns of violations that qualify as crimes against humanity and war crimes, such as extrajudicial killing, sexual violence, enforced-disappearance, torture, siege, indiscriminate bombardment, as well as deliberate in some cases, targeting of protected objects, forced displacement, and the use of chemical weapons, as well as barrel bombs and other kinds of crimes."All of this has been going on in light of the existence of the United Nations, the Security Council, the law of war, the United Nations Commission of Human Rights, and the International Criminal Court," it said.Home to some 400,000 residents, Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years, which has brought the district to the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.On Saturday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries.Syria has been locked in a devastating conflict since early 2011 when the regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.According to UN officials, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict to date.
Assad regime targets Eastern Ghouta with gas: White Helmets
The Assad regime on Sunday attacked the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta with chlorine gas, according to the White Helmets, a pro-opposition Syrian civil defense agency.One child was killed in the attack which targeted the Al-Shifoniya town, the agency said on its official Twitter account, adding widespread suffocation occurred among civilians including two Syrian Civil Defence volunteers.Duma Hospital officials confirmed to Anadolu Agency that 16 people had been poisoned in the chemical attack.The regime forces have attacked Duma thrice with chlorine gas in the last two months.Earlier on Sunday, regime forces also mounted air and artillery attacks in the towns of Duma, Harasta, Al-Shifoniya, Kafr Batna, Saqba, Beit Sawa and Al-Marj, said a White Helmets source who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons. Residential areas in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern Idlib province were also reported to have come under heavy shelling by regime forces.Regime warplanes also struck the town of Kafr Zita in the central Hama province, the source said.The death toll from the attacks rose to five, including a woman and a child.The UN Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day cease-fire in Syria to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries.The cease-fire decision came as regime forces intensified attacks on Eastern Ghouta in recent days, killing several hundred people.Syrian regime attacks continue despite UN resolutionTurkey welcomes UNSC decision for cease-fire in SyriaUN Security Council adopts 30-day cease-fire in SyriaHome to some 400,000 residents, Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.The resolution, prepared by Sweden and Kuwait, also calls for the medical evacuation of 700 people, particularly in Eastern Ghouta, which has been under siege for the last five years, preventing the delivery of food and medicine and leaving thousands of patients in need of treatment.Video: Syrian regime bombs home of two girls tweeting from eastern GhoutaSyria has been locked in a devastating civil war since early 2011 when the regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.According to UN officials, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict to date.