Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West - NY Times - The Syrian rebels posed casually, standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed down at the shirtless and terrified men.The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers. Five were trussed, their backs marked with red welts. They kept their faces pressed to the dirt as the rebels’ commander recited a bitter revolutionary verse. “For fifty years, they are companions to corruption,” he said. “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.” The moment the poem ended, the commander, known as “the Uncle,” fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet. This scene, documented in a video smuggled out of Syria a few days ago by a former rebel who grew disgusted by the killings, offers a dark insight into how many rebels have adopted some of the same brutal and ruthless tactics as the regime they are trying to overthrow. Read more.......
(2) Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels Attack Christian Village Where Aramaic, the Language of Christ is Still Spoken - Breitbart - Syrian government troops battled al-Qaida-linked rebels over a regime-held Christian village in western Syria for the second day Thursday, as world leaders gathered in Russia for an economic summit expected to be overshadowed by the prospect of U.S.-led strikes against the Damascus regime.
Residents of Maaloula said the militants entered the village late Wednesday. Rami Abdul-Rahman, the director of the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights, said the fighters included members of the of al-Qaida affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra group.
Despite heavy army presence in the village, Abdul-Rahman said the rebels patrolled its streets on foot and in vehicles, briefly surrounding a church and a mosque before leaving early Thursday.
The rebels launched the assault on the ancient Christian village of Maaloula _ which is on a UNESCO list of tentative world heritage sites _ on Wednesday after an al-Nusra fighter blew himself up at a regime checkpoint at the entrance to the mountain village. The village, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Damascus, is home to 3,300 residents, some of whom still speak a version of Aramaic, the ancient language of biblical times believed to have been spoken by Jesus. Read more..........
(3) The Tense Moment When GOP Congressman Jeff Duncan Challenged John Kerry with Benghazi Questions During Syria Hearing - The Blaze -(70,139 views) Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) during the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on Syria Wednesday got into a tense back and forth with Secretary of State John Kerry after the congressman brought up last year’s deadly Benghazi terror attack to question the White House’s credibility on foreign affairs.“The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people,” Duncan said, “due to unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi almost a year ago.”
He went on to mention some of the other major scandals that have plagued the Obama administration, including the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups and the Department of Justice’s monitoring of the Associated Press.
“Bottom line is there’s a need for accountability and trust-building from the administration,” he said. “The administration has a credibility issue.” Read more.......
Related: Direct Link:
Video - Voters Explode on John McCain at Phoenix Town Hall - "We Didn't Send You to Make War for Us.'............
(4) Virginia Governor McDonnell's Restoration of Voting Rights to 4,843 Felons Bolstered by New Guide, With a Possibility of 100,000 more - CNS News - Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has restored the voting and other civil rights of 4,843 “non-violent” felons in Virginia since taking office, more than any other governor with that authority, according to the Associated Press.
And now the some 100,000 more “non-violent” felons that could be added to the list under McDonnell’s watch, according to the governor, can get help from a 71-page publication released late last month by the Advancement Project. It’s entitled the “Virginia Civil Rights Restoration Guide.”
“Taking steps to restore your rights is courageous,” the introduction of the guide states. “We understand that you have been through a lot, and we want to support you in this effort.”
Virginia is one of four states (Florida, Iowa and Kentucky) that put a lifetime ban on voting and other civil rights, unless it is reversed by the governor.
- Read more and see list of crimes these NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS HAVE COMMITTED........
Gorsuch Nomination Headed for ‘Nuclear Option’
8 hours ago