Be­head­ing of child con­demned

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MOSCOW: The US needs to re­con­sider pro­vid­ing aid to ji­hadist groups op­er­at­ing in Syria as they are com­mit­ting atroc­i­ties against civil­ians and the re­ported be­head­ing of a child by the US-backed Nour al-Din al-Zenki rebel fac­tion fits into a pat­tern, Tarek Ah­mad, a mem­ber of the Hmeimim group of in­ter­nal Syr­ian op­po­si­tion, has said.

On Tues­day, US state depart­ment spokesman Mark Toner said the US would re­con­sider pro­vid­ing aid to the rebel group if it was con­firmed mem­bers of the fac­tion be­headed a child.

“I think it is pos­si­ble that the US will change their pol­icy to­wards this par­tic­u­lar group but, if fact, they need to change their strat­egy of deal­ing with ev­ery so called mil­i­tary op­po­si­tion group in Syria as this boy is not the first vic­tim of these fa­nat­ics,” Ah­mad said.

He pointed out the Free Syr­ian Army in­cludes the Farouq Bri­gades, which sev­eral years ago gained no­to­ri­ety when one of its com­man­ders was filmed eat­ing the heart ofa Syr­ian sol­dier.

“There are no mod­er­ate Syr­ian op­po­si­tion groups,” he claimed, adding “all of them are Is­lamists and fa­nat­ics, all of them think the same way, spread­ing ex­trem­ism with to­tal im­punity”.

He was com­ment­ing after a video emerged on so­cial me­dia show­ing a boy of around 10 years old sit­ting on the back of a truck sur­rounded by sev­eral men ac­cus­ing him of be­ing a mem­ber of Liwa al-Quds, a Pales­tinian mili­tia that sup­ports the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment. A sec­ond video later emerged of the boy’s mur­der.

Nour al-Din al-Zenki posted a state­ment on its Facebook page promis­ing to in­ves­ti­gate. – Sput­nik

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