Rare exceptions are noteworthy. Last March, Der Spiegel discussed the "Homs burial brigade." An insurgent "executioner" said he and comrades "kill in the name of the Syrian revolution. They leave torture (to) the so-called interrogation brigade...."
"They do the ugly work." He believes in violence, he explained. He "cut the throats of four men." He machine-gunned many more.
Homs fighters commit "regular executions." It continues daily in cold blood throughout the country. Assad loyalists are targeted, brutalized and murdered. Women and children aren't spared. Der Spiegel's "executioner" article explained. The publication said little more by way of follow-up.
Assad confronts death squads responsibly. Imagine the greater bloodbath if he stood down. Western and regional special forces direct death squads. Washington's strategy involves terrorizing Syrians to submit. No forms of violence are too taboo.
Last March, Human Rights Watch reported on Syrian "Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses." An "Open Letter to the Leaders of the Syrian Opposition" accused them of targeted killings, summary executions, kidnappings for ransom, torture, hostage taking, and other violent crimes.
HRW's moment of truth didn't last. It's a reliable imperial ally. Amnesty International and similar groups replicate its anti-Assad propaganda. They're well funded to support US interests.
McClatchy Newspapers are the latest ones to publish disturbing truths. It operates 30 dailies in 15 states. It owns Knight Ridder. When purchased in 2006, it was America's second largest newspaper company.
McClatchy publications include the San Jose Mercury News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Miami Herald, among others.
On August 3, it headlined "Accounts of Syria rebels executing prisoners raise new human rights concerns," saying:
"Syrian insurgents fighting to unseat President Bashar Assad face a growing list of accusations that they've carried out executions and torture, muddying the Western narrative of a heroic resistance force struggling against a vicious regime."
Videos captured their dirty work. They circulated widely online. They showed pro-Assad elements murdered in Aleppo.
Turkish Milliyet's reporter witnessed what happened firsthand. More than a dozen men were captured. Summary executions followed.
They "were forced into a building, then brought before a court of the Free Syrian Army on the back of a pickup truck, after which they were lined up and shot at lightning speed."
It wasn't an isolate incident, said McClatchy. Its reporter traveling with Free Syrian Army fighters said 45 Assad loyalists were seized in Al Tal. It's north of Damascus. At least eight were executed. Others were held captive either for ransom or prisoner exchanges.
A Damascus insurgent said his unit executed about 150 Syrians "on suspicion of being pro-Assad informants."
In mid-July, a top Iraqi security official said insurgents took over a border outpost and "executed 22 soldiers in front of the eyes of Iraqi soldiers."