Foreign Extremists Infiltrating Into Syria
Syria's civil war is increasingly turning into a sectarian conflict pitting majority Sunni rebels against government forces supported by the Allawite and other religious and ethnic minorities, a new U.N. human rights report said Thursday. (AP, 20 December)
The report said majority of the victims were civilians. About 40,000 people have been killed during the nearly two-year conflict. The report blamed both sides for abuses including torture and illegal executions. The report also expressed deep concerns that foreign fighters, many linked to extremist Sunni groups, were infiltrating into Syria.
“The commission is extremely worried by the presence of foreign fighters ... who are not fighting for human rights and democracy,” said the head of commission preparing the report. “By their own admission, they are very proud of their breaches of humanitarian law.”
“We think this is a war where no military victory is possible. It is a great illusion that providing arms to one side or the other will help end it.” (AP, 20 December)
Photo credit: Syrian rebels in Idlib, Syria (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)