Assad backers and the logic of the playground in Syria

16/09/2016 (Al Arabiya News by  Azeem Ibrahim*): Last week, we received news that President Assad’s regime in Syria had used chemical weapons on its people. Volunteer emergency workers working in the Sukari district of Aleppo reported that Syrian forces had flown helicopters over the suburb and dropped barrel bombs of chlorine on the men, women and children going about their business below. This is just the latest in the Assad regime’s catalogue of brutality. Last February, Assad’s air force launched a series of missiles at a field hospital. Medics rushed to find any signs of life from the rubble and pull them into an ambulance. Assad’s jets waited, returned, and then flew over the ambulance as they drove towards the hospital. They then dropped another bomb on the ambulance in which 25 civilians were killed, among them eight medical workers. But the jets were not done yet. They flew over another field hospital and dropped another bomb. The Economistreported that Ahmed Tarakji, the president of the Syrian American Medical Society, said “there’s no way that … they didn’t know what they were doing.”..

*Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Policy




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