Video shows Islamic State executes scores of Syrian soldiers

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sabrefencer wrote:

so much for their version of the peaceful religion…they threaten the world.

Aug 28, 2014 7:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
longtail wrote:

Hey, I recognize these guys! John McCain and Lindsey Graham want to send them weapons every Sunday morning talk show.

Aug 28, 2014 7:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Factoidz wrote:

Hey, how about we just let the world strike it’s own balance and stay the hell out of it all???!!!

How about we don’t act out of fear for once? We’re strong enough, if they come at us we’ll slaughter them.

Aug 28, 2014 8:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
inMyView wrote:

” Sorry folks ! No more executions today !”

Aug 28, 2014 8:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PCCorruption wrote:

longtail — Obama: “”Assad must go”". Remember that? Obama wanted to bomb until Assad left. Now Obama wants to bomb the other guys. All of this so far without asking Congress. We’ve seen Obama’s well laid plans in Libya, now deep into civil war. Obama’s foreign policies suck.

Aug 28, 2014 8:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DonD1977 wrote:

Anyone facing ISIS now has every incentive to fight to the death – they are a “keep no prisoners alive” gang of killers.

There are limits even in the Middle East to what level of conduct can be practiced without consequence – and ISIS is finding those limits fast.

Aug 28, 2014 8:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
itsmysayokay wrote:

ISIS The biggest cowards on the face of the earth! Wipe them off the map ASAP or they will be the ones triggering WW111!

Aug 28, 2014 8:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse

135 Syrian Army uniforms now available to disguise ISIS fighters. If the US bombs ISIS in Syria, how will we be sure we’re bombing the correct enemy?

Aug 28, 2014 9:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SheikYerbouty wrote:

“Islamic State, a radical offshoot of al Qaeda” What? Al Qaeda? But Obama “decimated” them!! Just ask him! So they must be someone else.

Aug 28, 2014 9:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Necessity makes strange bedfellows. Looks to me like we should be allies with the assad regime now.

Who would have thunk it…

Aug 28, 2014 11:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RyanKW wrote:

Time to eat crow and align with Assad on this one. The “Arab Spring” has accomplished nothing but create power vacuums across the Middle East, and unfortunately this is what fills those vacuums in that culture. Western democracy is not an option there.

Aug 28, 2014 12:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert76 wrote:

The entire world needs to band together to wipe out militant Islamic groups like ISIS.

Aug 28, 2014 1:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BillRozar wrote:

When your enemies are killing each other sit back and watch the show.We do not need to assist Assad let IS do it for the US.

Aug 28, 2014 1:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nazariel wrote:

Hmm, can anyone explain to me how the Syrian Civil War started and why the West seems to hate Assad so much?

I will admit, I haven’t studied the conflict in depth but to the best of my knowledge, Assad was elected and things all went south from there.

Rebellion started, Assad responded and it only got worse from there…

So besides the possible use of chemical weapons, what did Assad due to make the West want to jump in on the rebel’s side? I realize that bombing your own citizens probably isn’t the best way to handle a rebellion but at this point, what options does Assad have? I doubt just sitting down and having meetings will be beneficial to any of the parties involved.

Aug 28, 2014 2:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
blath wrote:

Reuters buying into syrian propaganda. Even a 5th grader could tell those soldiers weren’t dead. There was no blood and all their positions were identical.

Aug 28, 2014 2:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
worx4me wrote:

These are barbarians and such bad news that even al Quaida denounced them. Assad’s killing squads are no better. Send in the drones!

Aug 28, 2014 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gp72908 wrote:

Hey this is no game ,better quit playing footsie and do something about these animals before they knocking on your door .

Aug 28, 2014 3:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BigSmoke24 wrote:

I just dont get it. If you know you are battling ISIS why the heck would you surrender at all? You know exactly what they are going to do with you afterwords. Idk about yall but I would rather die fighting these monster then be executed like some criminal, you can chop my head off if you want, but Ill be dead when you do so w/e.

Aug 28, 2014 3:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

blath, I admit that thought crossed my mind as well. Even with frontal shots, some ammo is likely to have been through and through and caused damage to the back of some bodies. IS are brutal savages, but the pics just didn’t jive with mass execution.

Aug 28, 2014 3:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Amathonn wrote:

Best thing America could do now is make sure this news is spread far and wide over all areas where ISIS is in power or is vying for power. Give Hollywood a few million and let them do it up right. Show ISIS for the evil it is…and put a bit of creative accent on it. Scare the willies out of them.

Make sure the next time anyone is under attack by ISIS there they fight back with every ounce of strength they have. No need to send a single American soldier until they show some effort on their own behalf.

Aug 28, 2014 3:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Factoidz wrote:

our vulva flapper in chief

Aug 28, 2014 4:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ontoyous wrote:

The world of Islam needs to police its radicals — those who associate their rightiousness with killing and destroying the innocent.

Aug 28, 2014 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tim6153 wrote:

“Hey, how about we just let the world strike it’s own balance and stay the hell out of it all???!!!
How about we don’t act out of fear for once? We’re strong enough, if they come at us we’ll slaughter them.”

I’ll tell you why… If they show up in american, no one is going to want to kick them out until its too late.

Aug 28, 2014 4:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama’s focus would be better spent on stopping the Russian movements into Europe. If he doesn’t act now to push Russia out of Ukraine, we will be fighting a major war along side the other NATO partners.

Aug 28, 2014 4:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mollywoods wrote:

Where is the condemnation from the UN? Aren’t these war crimes? It seems to me that the UN is more interested in punishing Israel than they with these mass murders by ISIS. Why the blind eye?

Aug 28, 2014 4:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
archii wrote:

tactical nuclear weapons.

Aug 28, 2014 4:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyradius wrote:

Nazariel,

Your view of Assad is incorrect, naive at best. Rebellion started _because_ of Assad’s brutal, murderous tactics, not the other way around. There are some fairly evil videos, showing unarmed civilians trying to locate their sons (they were being tortured for spray-painting anti-Assad graffiti) and being brutally gunned down.

Since then Assad’s murderous tactics of destroying entire cities and dropping chemical weapons on his own people only helped fuel the fire further.

Aug 28, 2014 4:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MunchHausen wrote:

If we would secure our border, we could just let the animals fight it out on their own…

Aug 28, 2014 4:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
blath wrote:

mollywoods,

They aren’t war crimes because no one was killed. The video is obviously a faked “atrocity”. This is how we got into Iraq– by not taking a critical look at flimsy evidence. I’m appalled at how many Reuters commentors are accepting this video as real. It just goes to show that if you want to believe something bad enough you will overlook the facts.

Aug 28, 2014 5:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nazariel wrote:

Pyradius,

I’m not claiming Assad is a saint by any means. I just have a feeling that the world, especially the US (I am an American) seems to jump on the side of rebels without seeming to take into account what happens when it goes into deadlock…or the rebels win.

For instance in Libya, yes Qaddafi was an absolute tool and a brutal dictator, but the situation there is currently worse off (imo) then it was before. Same can be said to be true, to some extent, with Saddam. Were those two great leaders (absolutely not) but they did manage to have some stability.

If the rebels win in Syria, the same thing that happened in Libya will come to pass. There are too many fractious, divided factions that one clear winner will not come to the fore. Instead, they will all turn on each other once Assad is out of the way and all their petty differences are no longer concealed by a common foe.

To be honest, I don’t care for Assad or any of the aforementioned dictators, but no rebel group has shown themselves to be competent enough on the battlefield or the negotiating table to truly be a success after the fighting stops. At this point, I say support Assad, crush ISIS, and say to hell with the rebels.

Aug 28, 2014 5:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

Before leaving for New York for a series of fundraisers, President Obama held a press conference at the White House to discuss his lack of strategy on Syria.
Obama told reporters that his strategy was still developing, and that he would continue to consult with congress and the American people about any action in Syria.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” he said. “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

It’s his usual reactionary, lead-from-behind malfeasance.

Note Obama’s next preoccupation: Several fund raisers in New York.

Aug 28, 2014 6:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
5339101 wrote:

So why ISIS is worst then the baby killer Asad ? more women and childerns were murdered by Asad than all the rebel groups combines include ISIS. The extremist ISIS was no where there when Asad started killing unarmed civilians with chemical and crude barrel bombs, Where was the good guys when the genocide of Syrian by Asad was taking place ? Want to stop ISIS, go convenience a Syrian who los his childers to Asad’s butchery if he stop supporting ISIS.

Aug 28, 2014 6:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ejhickey wrote:

Why are Syrian soldiers surrendering to Isis? They are going to get killed either way. Might as well go down shooting. ISIS has made it clear: NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE

Aug 28, 2014 10:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
blath wrote:

BeRealistic,

Right. The big story here is not the massacre of 250 Syrian soldiers (which never happened) but how easily gullible Reuters readers accepted such a patently phony video as an atrocity justifying US military action.

Aug 28, 2014 12:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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