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It's Not Grief when it's Someone Else

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The suicide bombings happen daily.

In the interview a widow that lost both a husband and an older daughter to a bus bombing had this to say; "We won't hate the bombers. We are taught not to hate. God will bring them to justice."

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"We saw the bombers on TV after the bombing, we won't curse them."

Her middle daughter added "we just wish the violence would stop. It's like being in a bad never-ending TV series where every hero could die at any moment."

After the bombing one of the perpetrators was captured and confessed Al Qaeda links to the planning. His confession was shown on local stations. He said the men in the group made phone calls and got their orders from Al Qaeda.

The neighborhood where the above family was interviewed is Jaramana which is a suburb of Damascus. It has been targeted 7 times.

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Both Christians and Muslim families are targeted, all are Syrian. The Muslims don't agree with the Syrian Free Army's idea of freedom or direction.

Jaramana is a mixed religious neighborhood and the families of all faiths look after each other, and especially each others children.

A Muslim man named Hassan said in an interview that his best friend's son was kidnapped by the Syrian Free Army and they wanted 2 million Euros for the ransom. When the man who was poor and unemployed could not pay, they executed his son. This went up on YouTube.

One man interviewed, Kamal Samaan said "We Syrians are a people of 1000 generations. We can distinguish the wheat from the chaff. We won't be fooled. Syrians are a peaceful people both Christian and Muslim.

After the bombing a news crew from a popular Syrian TV station was going to a story location when they were stopped at gun point.

Yara Salek, an investigative reporter was kidnapped with her crew. The camera man was killed right away. Of the 15 men who held them only a few had Syrian accents. She recognized the rest from both language and dialect. The rest were from Libya, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

While she was in captivity they argued over whether they would torture her, ransom her, or dismember her. The Syrian Free Army put her kidnapping up on YouTube.

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She heard her kidnappers call both Turkey and Saudi Arabia for a decision about her.

She and a co-worker were freed by the Syrian Army in a raid.

After the ordeal she said "before her kidnapping she understood only in theory what was going on." "These men came across as fanatics. The only thing they understood was that they could not wait to die and be with the virgins."

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George Eliason is an American journalist that lives and works in Donbass. He has been interviewed by and provided analysis for RT, the BBC, and Press-TV. His articles have been published in the Security Assistance Monitor, Washingtons Blog, (more...)

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