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World View: Congress Reacts to Photos of Assad's Torture Victims in Syria

World View: Congress Reacts to Photos of Assad's Torture Victims in Syria

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Congress reacts to photos of Assad’s torture victims in Syria
  • Israel confirms the death of the abducted soldier

Congress reacts to photos of Assad’s torture victims in Syria

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday viewed a presentationby a defecting forensic photographer from the regime of Syria’s presidentBashar al-Assad. This was the same forensic photographer, nicknameddark glasses and a hood to hide his identity, he told Congress what hehad seen in Damascus. He described maimed bodies, people with eyesgouged out, and skeletal remains, a litany of horrors that defy theimagination – backed up by 55,000 photos that he had smuggled outover a two-year period. They were similar to the images found in Nazideath camps after World War II and show that al-Assad is guilty ofwar crimes and crimes against humanity. The validity of the photoswas verified by three top war crimes prosecutors. And this was onlythe tip of the iceberg, as these 55,000 photos came from just onelocation out of many locations where this torture took place. Thisone photographer photographed almost 20 bodies every day, suggestingthat there was “torture for pleasure” on a massive scale.

Click here to see an example photo; please be advised, this is graphic.

The al-Assad regime has used sarin gas on its own population, withimpunity. The regime has continued to use chemical weapons. Regimehelicopters drop huge barrel bombs onto civilian neighborhoods. Thebarrel bombs may contain explosives, screws, nails and other shrapnel,plus canisters of chlorine and ammonia. When chlorine is inhaled, itreacts with the moisture in the lungs, turning into hydrochloric acidthat literally burns the target to death from the inside out.

Al-Assad is supported by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, who is awar criminal for providing unlimited supplies of heavy weapons toal-Assad to continue his genocide. Al Monitor and House Foreign Affairs Committee and Report on validity of Assad torture photos

Israel confirms the death of the abducted soldier

Although the death of the abducted soldier, Hadar Goldin, is a tragedyfor his fiancée and his family, it’s a big relief to Israel’s army inthe sense that Hamas can no longer use Goldin for either political ormilitary leverage. According to Israel’s army, Goldin was abducted onFriday during operations to destroy an underground tunnel that ranunder the border from Gaza to Israel and extended a full twokilometers into Israel’s territory. On the Gaza side, the tunnelbegan in an open area surrounded by homes. Jerusalem Post and Jerusalem Post

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