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Syria's Divided Opposition

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"Armed opposition groups have subjected detainees to ill-treatment and torture and committed extrajudicial or summary executions in Aleppo, Latakia, and Idlib, Human Rights Watch said today following a visit to Aleppo governorate." 

"Torture and extrajudicial or summary executions of detainees in the context of an armed conflict are war crimes, and may constitute crimes against humanity if they are widespread and systematic."

Opposition leaders tell HRC they're acting to curb abuses. HRC "expressed serious concern about" promises made and broken.

"When confronted with evidence of extrajudicial executions, three opposition leaders told Human Rights Watch that those who killed deserved to be killed, and that only the worst criminals were being executed."

"Human Rights Watch documented more than a dozen extrajudicial and summary executions by opposition forces."

Victims interviewed said they were tortured and abused. Video footage showed opposition fighters hurling bodies off high buildings. They gloated over security force corpses. They were found hands bound behind their backs. Their bodies revealed abuse.

In Aleppo and elsewhere, their so-called judicial council staged show trials. They wrongly convicted victims, ordered them executed, and murdered them.

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A man called "Sameer" told HRW:

"The FSA fighters who caught me first brought me to their base. I spent a night there, together with one other prisoner. They beat me a lot, with a wooden stick, on the soles of my feet. It lasted for about two hours. First, I refused to confess, but then I had to. Once I confessed, they stopped beating me."

HRW said Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and other countries "are actively assisting".armed groups." America and other Western countries provide generous support.

HRW's report also wrongly accused Assad of "crimes against humanity," including "extrajudicial executions," "unlawful killings of civilians," "enforced disappearances," "use of torture," and "arbitrary detentions."

It urges referring all responsible parties to the International Criminal Court.

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None of its reports explained Syria was invaded. It's victimized by external aggression. It's responsible for the safety of its people. It requires repelling foreign forces. 

Throughout the conflict, Assad acted responsibly. He's been wrongfully blamed for death squad crimes. HRW, AI, and similar pro-Western groups largely point fingers the wrong way. 

They serve power for benefits they derive. They're imperial tools. Their stock and trade is deception. They never apologize. They're on the wrong side of history and complicit in crimes they denounce.

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