Video of Syrian Rebels Executing Prisoners Surfaces As U.S. Moves Closer To Action
A new video coming out of Syria is showing the brutality of the war raging between the government and the resistance forces.
The video shows Syrian rebels executing bound prisoners, some of whom appear to have been beaten. The executioners then unceremoniously dump the bodies in the well, before one of them smiles at the camera.
The tape was leaked out of Syria by an ex-rebel soldier who reportedly became upset with the group's tactics. The alleged leader of the group was Abdul Samad Issa, a commander who reportedly sees the uprising against Bashar al-Assad as a means to settle old scores stemming from Hama massacre that occurred in the 1980s.
The display of rebel brutality comes as the United States tries to move forward with a punitive strike on Syria's government in response to the use of chemical weapons in the war against the rebels. Some political leaders, including Senator John McCain, have called for the U.S. to arm rebels in the ongoing civil war.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry tried to quell the notion of radicalized rebels who were killing for revenge. “There is a real moderate opposition that exists,” Kerry said.
Kerry's responses to questions regarding the use of force in Syria were criticized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said that the secretary of state lied when asked about whether or not al Qaeda had infiltrated rebel forces when he called the assertion "basically incorrect." According to Putin, "He is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad."
Though the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the resolution for action in Syria, there's still a long way to go when it comes to Congressional approval. The Obama administration must still convince the majority Republican House to give the "ok" on plans for a strike. While some House Republicans including John Boehner and Eric Cantor have said that they will support the president, others prominent Republicans, namely John McCain, have said that they won't support the resolution in its current form.