US to ‘Reconsider’ Backing for Syrian Rebels After Boy Beheaded

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The killers claim to be fighters om a rebel group that has received both financial and arms support from the United States and allies.

A disturbing video circulating online shows an alleged group of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels beheading a Palestinian boy who they accused of being a fighter loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

The footage first shows the terrified child, who is ostensibly under the age of 12, surrounded by fighters in the trunk of a pickup car. A knife-wielding man then beheads the boy, who is laid down on the trunk with his hands cuffed.

The executioner shouts “Allahu Akbar” (God is great), holds up the boy’s head, then put it down on his back.

The militants claimed to be fighters from the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, an armed Syrian opposition group that has received both financial and arms support from the United States, as well as Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Militants arrested and killed the child near Handarat Refugee Camp in northern Aleppo, for allegedly being a fighter of the Palestinian Liwaa Al Quds (Al-Quds Brigade), a pro-government militia currently active near that war-torn city.

Meanwhile the U.S. State Department said it may reconsider its affiliation and support for the Syrian opposition if the gruesome video of the death is true.

The group is considered by the Syrian, Russian and Iranian governments to be a terrorist organization and has not been included in any truce or ceasefire deal.

The armed conflict in Syria began in 2011 and the United Nations has confirmed that over 400,000 people have been killed along with millions of people displaced.​

Via TeleSur

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Related via added by Juan Cole:

RT: ” US may ‘take a pause’ in aiding Syrian rebels after beheading of Palestinian boy”

One response

  1. Several points:

    (A) according to a Twitter report retweeted by Joshua Landis on his Syria Comment blog, the boy had an ID card claiming (falsely) that he was 19 – even though he was only 14 years of age and his identity was Abdullah Tayseer, a Palestinian;

    (B) that same ID identifies him as a member of Air Force Intelligence – although his true affiliation was the al-Quds Brigade;

    (C) the rebel that carried out the execution recently had his own brother killed by the opposing side, according to the Landis blog;

    (D) a U.S. State Department spokesman said the U.S. considers the incident attributable to the specific rebel brigade and may cut off support to that unit – thus not imputing the execution to the Syrian rebel movement in general.

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