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More Muslim Savagery: Syrian Militia Leader Filmed Eating Dead Soldier's Heart and Organs He Cut Out Of Body

May 14, 2013

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Syrian rebel defends eating dead soldier's organ as revenge

A Syrian rebel militia leader filmed cutting the heart and organs out of a regime soldier's corpse and putting it in his mouth has defended his actions as legitimate vengeance.

By Ruth Sherlock, Damascus and Richard Spencer

7:19PM BST 14 May 2013

The actions of Khaled al-Hamad, known by the nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, handed an instant propaganda victory to the Syrian govenrment, which accused the West of ignoring rebel atrocities.

The video purported to show the leader of a breakaway rebel faction cutting the lungs out of a soldier's corpse before apparently eating a small piece of the organ.

"I swear to God we will eat your hearts, Alawite soldiers of Bashar the dog," he said, referring to supporters of President Bashar al-Assad from the minority Alawite sect.

Speaking to Time magazine, he said had no regrets about taking revenge - "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" - after finding images of regime abuses on the dead soldier's mobile phone.

"We opened his cell phone and I found a clip of a woman and her two daughters fully naked, and he was humiliating them," he said.

"Hopefully," added Hamad, "we will slaughter all of them [the Alawites]." He said that he possessed another video of himself "sawing" a member of the pro-regime Shabiha militia with a "saw we use to cut trees".

Hamad added: "I sawed him in small pieces and large ones."

In Damascus, Ali Haider, the minister for reconciliation, said this was only one of many atrocities carried out by the regime's enemies. "If the international media has just discovered this now, then they are coming to it very late. These type of atrocities have been happening in Syria since the beginning of the crisis," he said. "The international community just didn't want to admit it."

Mr Haider added: "We have documented hundreds of acts that are equally as horrific as the one documented in this video. We have seen one of our pilot's heads cut off and cooked on a grill. We have seen rebels toasting their success by drinking the blood of their victims."

The latest video is one of many now circulating on pro-government websites. In the capital, supporters of Mr Assad's regime voiced their revulsion over the behaviour of his enemies.

"Did you see what these animals do?" asked one woman who declined to giver her name. "They are devils. How can any human being do this? How can the West support these extremists?"

Human Rights Watch said that Hamad, also known as Abu Sakkar, should be brought to justice. "The desecration and mutilation of a killed person is definitely a war crime," said Peter Bouckaert, the emergencies director. "This one is particularly disturbing because of the sectarian nature of the language used by Abu Sakkar."

Mr Bouckaert described the rebel as a "very significant commander" adding: "The danger is that extremists on both sides will feel the need to respond in kind."

Opposition leaders united in their condemnation of Hamad, with the Syrian National Coalition saying that is behaviour "contradicts the morals of the Syrian people, as well as the values and principles of the Free Syrian Army".

The rebels' military council issued a "wanted" poster for Hamad, demanding that he face punishment. The brigade he runs is an offshoot of the Farouq Brigade, which is backed by the official opposition, but operates independently. The incident raises the question of whether the supposed rebel military leadership is in charge of events.

But some rebels asked whether the mutilation of enemy corpses was worse than the recent mass killing of children, apparently by an Alawite militia loyal to Mr Assad, around the coastal town of Baniyas 12 days ago.


Moderate Islamist Free Syrian Army Commander Who Ate Heart, Vows Genocide

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 14, 2013 @ 2:29 pm In The Point

Time Magazine has obtained an exclusive interview with Khalid al Hamad, a commander of the Omar al Farouk brigade of the Free Syrian Army, who was caught on video trying to eat a dead Syrian soldier's heart.

And the Islamist cannibal tells Time that he

1. Thought he was eating a liver not a heart (or lungs?), which puts him in slightly more logical Hannibal territory

2. Was outraged by a naked video on the dead soldier's cell phone

3. Wants to kill all the Neo-Shiite Alawites

The video, a 27-second clip in which al Hamad brandishes organs that appear to be the lungs and heart of the Syrian soldier who lies dead at al Hamad's feet, was first seen by two TIME reporters in April.

Al Hamad has now confirmed that the video is real, and that he did indeed take a bite of the soldier's lung. (At the time of the filming, al Hamad believed that he was biting into the liver. A surgeon who has seen the video confirms that the organ in question was a lung, which somewhat resembles the liver).

Al Hamad, who is Sunni and harbors a sectarian hatred for Alawite Muslims, said he has another gruesome video of his killing a government soldier from the Alawite faith.

Hopefully we will slaughter all of them [Alawites]. I have another video clip that I will send to them. In the clip I am sawing another Shabiha [pro-government militiaman] with a saw. The saw we use to cut trees. I sawed him in small pieces and large ones."

Al Hamad also explained that even though both sides of the conflict in Syria are using video clips of their own brutal actions to intimidate the other he believes that his clip would have particular impact on the regime's troops.

"They film as well but after what I did hopefully they will never step into the area where Abu Sakkar is," he said, using his nom de guerre and referring to the part of Syria he currently controls.

Cheerful stuff. Let's get this man some RPGs.

Time identifies the Islamist cannibal as a commander of the Omar al Farouk brigade. Despite being known as the Independent Omar al-Farouq Brigade, they are one of the largest units of the Free Syrian Army.

The Farouk Brigade has been described as "Moderately Islamist." In other words, these are the people we would be giving weapons to if Obama decides to arm the Syrian rebels.

While Khalid al Hamad's cannibalism seems bizarre and demented, there are unfortunately precedents. Syrian soldiers, before the Six Day War, were shown biting the heads off cats and dogs in ceremonies demonstrating their valor.

Two years ago, Rumsfeld posted a video given to him by Saddam which featured Syrian soldiers biting the heads off snakes and stabbing puppies to death while Assad Sr. watches.

Hamad just took this to the next level.

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