Syria Rebel Defends Gruesome Video as Revenge

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A Syrian rebel who was filmed apparently cutting out and eating the organs of a soldier has defended his actions as revenge for regime atrocities, Time magazine reported on Tuesday.

The U.S. news weekly said it had talked by Skype with the fighter, identified as Khalid al-Hamad, who appeared in a video that sparked outrage and condemnation, including from the Syrian opposition.

Hamad claimed he was driven to the gruesome acts by footage on the dead soldier's cellphone, showing him "humiliating" a naked woman and her two daughters.

The magazine said Hamad described participating in other acts of mutilating regime forces, including militiamen known as shabiha.

"I have another video clip... In the clip I am sawing another shabiha with a saw. The saw we use to cut trees. I sawed him in small pieces and large ones," Time quoted him as saying.

The magazine said Hamad, a Sunni like much of the opposition fighting against President Bashar Assad's regime, expressed hatred of member's of the leader's Alawite sect.

"Hopefully we will slaughter all of them," he told the magazine,

"They were the ones who killed our children in Baba Amr and raped our women," he said, referring to a neighborhood of the central city of Homs.

"We didn't start it, they started it," he added.

"Our slogan is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."

The video, in which Hamad leans over a uniformed body, cuts out organs and then holds one up to his mouth, has prompted an outcry around the world and thrown the mainstream rebel leadership on the defensive.

The National Coalition, the country's main opposition grouping, issued a statement saying it "strongly condemns" the act.

"The Coalition stresses that such an act contradicts the morals of the Syrian people, as well as the values and principles of the Free Syrian Army," it said.

"The Syrian Coalition reiterates its condemnation of such an act and stresses that it is a crime, regardless of the perpetrator.

"The culprit will eventually be tried in court in front of an honest and fair judiciary."

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay demanded rebel leaders take immediate action to prevent such "atrocious" acts within its ranks.

"The video that has just emerged from Syria, apparently showing a rebel leader cutting out and biting the heart of a dead soldier, depicts a truly atrocious act," she said.

"Mutilating or desecrating corpses during a conflict is a war crime.

"While it is not yet possible to fully authenticate the video, I urge the armed opposition groups in Syria must do everything in their power to halt such gross crimes.

"They must investigate this incident along with other alleged very serious violations by opposition fighters, including acts of torture and a succession of apparent summary executions and extra-judicial killings."

Pillay renewed her calls for the U.N. Security Council to task the International Criminal Court with investigating allegations of war crimes against rebel as well as government forces.

"I have repeatedly called for the case of Syria to be referred by the Security Council to the International Criminal Court, so that legal proceedings can begin against people believed to be responsible for serious international crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity, irrespective of whether they are on the side of the government or are in opposition to it," she said.

Comments 28
Default-user-icon عبدالله حسن (Guest) 14 May 2013, 21:04

٢٠٠فيديو لشبيحة ينبشو ويمثلو ويحرقو ويشوهو صور الثوار مالفت العالم إلا اخطاء الثوار
نلومو من ورا الشاشات مافكرنا شو الي جرو ليعمل هيك قوات النظام مارحمت لاكبير ولاصغير تعذيب وقتل وتجويع وتشويه وسرقة اعضاء وقفت الدنيا على هالفيديو روحو تفرجو شو يعملو قوات بشار لتعرفو ليش عمل هيك

Thumb love4bashar2 14 May 2013, 21:36

this is a part of there history, this is there culture, if anybody knows history they know that thismans grandmother hind bint utbah did the same thing hundreds of years ago,

According to Ibn Ishaq, after the battle, Hind cut open the body of Muhammad's uncle Hamza, whom she believed responsible for the death of her relatives, cut out his heart, and gnawed on it. According to Ibn Ishaq, she couldn't swallow it and spat it out. Ibn ‘Abdu l-Barr states in his book "al-Istī‘āb" that she cooked Hamza's heart before eating it. This report has been widely copied by Muslim historians.

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 01:57

How is this diffirent from what alawite soldiers and shabbi7a act? The professional rapists, thugs, tortures and killers. Is this the teachings of ahlalbayt RADYA ALLAH 3ANH? Why do you support one evil but condemn another? You are the same so you don't have the right to point fingers.

Shiites have more in common with hind bint utbah than what this guy has, not only in action but in faith. After all hind was a pagan when she did that and shiites are pagans today. You just have diffirent gods. One chose al lat and uzza, you choose ali, hussein etc.

Only a fellow rapist would support bashar.

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 03:02

Nope, i wont change my name, ali is a muslim name hijacked by shiites but rest assured that ali (ra) is innocent of all the lies shiites have come up with about him. I don't have any salafist books, but im sure you have a bunch of sick shia books, including khomeini the pedophiles book which i will not quote because it is too explicit.

Typical ignorant shia extremist, making assumptions left and right. I don't support the FSA, however if any individual whether from the regular syrian army or the FSA is willing to take out scum rapists and killers be they affiliated with FSA or the syrian regular army or shabbi7a or other thugs, then may God bless him.

Long live Syria and to hell with bashar the rapist, and to hell with qatar emir (whom shiites not long ago loved) lol. I am not a hypocrite like you. If my own father would comitt rape or thuggery like your idol god bashar is doing then i would have turned him in to the justice because that is what my religion islam teaches me.

Thumb fero 14 May 2013, 23:46

This guy will never see a day in court this just shows how the FSA think they can do whatever they want and get away with it because they have US backing they use chemical weapons and the US defends them they become canibals and he blames the regime, this is getting sad

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 03:29

It is not getting sad, it has been sad ever since the assads took control of syria. Many many filthy men from the Syrian regular army and regime have comitted horrible crimes in lebanon and in syria, long before the uprising began. And many many filthy men from the syrian regular army, FSA and other groups have comitted horrible crimes after the uprising so who will take them all to court? God will and the court they will face will be his. This is true about all the filthy men (and to a lesser extent women) out there who have participated in rape, torture and unjustly taking the life of another human being, regardless of that filthy person's religion or ethnicity. Nobody can escape God. A poster here on naharnet posted a beautiful quote (in a recent aoun article), from Christ (pbuh) where he said: "maza yanfa3 al insan iza rabiha el 3alam wa khasira nafsahou". Amen to that. Nobody who participates in opression will get away with it. Not this man nor anyone else.

Default-user-icon whatever (Guest) 15 May 2013, 00:18

That is the history and model of the "religion of peace".
barbaric ,i dont need any other adjective

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 19:23

In what way is this the history and model of Islam? What makes you think this man acted as a muslim following islam and not as an angry war-damaged person? Yes his actions were indeed barbaric, as are the actions of many people of all religions yet i doubt you blame the religion of non-muslim barbarians?

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 01:59

You are a shame and your support for rapists and torturers means you are not diffirent then the guy in the article. So is christianity to blame for you?

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 03:06

By all means hunt him and catch him, syria will be a better place without him. You shia extremists only assume left and right. No adab no akhle2, just pure ignorance and hatred. Lol whats all this blabbering about hind all of a sudden? You should seek help, worshiping to many gods turns you in to a blabbering psycho.

Default-user-icon Hussein (Guest) 15 May 2013, 04:27


You are 100% right on the comment about shiites ignoring remarks that racist christians/jews make towards Islam in general. Go to liveleak. Christians/Jews are insulting muslims and islam and muhammad 24/7 on almost every syrian or arab or islamic related video. However, the shiites will never attack the christians/jews for insulting Islam, only the sunnis who attack Assad/Hizb/Iran.

These Shias are just political pawns of Iran. Useful idiots in a grand game.

Missing amir_taqieddine 15 May 2013, 13:34

Mowaten, what makes you think it's a fake name? Ali is a common muslim name, as is hussein. Don't jump to conclusions please. If ali was a fake name, then i would have used something more credible. Why even choose ali? I am not pretending to be shiite you know. Please don't be paranoid. Indeed al qaida fools do drag islam thrue the mud, but that is not the point i am (probably not hussein guest either) we were talking about. Since your not a muslim, you wouldn't know but imagine how you consider it to be hypocrisy when someone claims to follow your religion, in this case atheism, and focuses all his energy on attacking muslims but none on those who attack your so called shared religion. This has been going on ever since shiaism became a religion.

Missing amir_taqieddine 15 May 2013, 13:37

Hussein guest, brother, you don't have to tell me, i have seen it and i have read their history and looked through their books. I know shiaism well and that is why i, like you, can spot their hypocrisy. Islam is their enemy.

Default-user-icon Hussein (Guest) 15 May 2013, 18:25

Those same muslim-haters already hate Iran, Hezbollah and Shias and have hated them for some time. They were regularly called 'ragheads', etc. as well. Either this proves that Shias don't have self-respect or that they are a political sect.

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 19:20

Mowaten, no you are wrong. My phone only had 1 % battery left so i used my brothers phone to post which i also wrote. My name is Ali. My fathers name is taqieddine, spelled on paper taqideen. Our last name is bayrouti and on paper it is spelled al-bayrouti. Amir is my brother. My full name on paper is Ali taqideen Mohammad al-bayrouti.

And as for my brother (amir) he is not religious and thinks everyone in lebanon is stupid. We do not share the same opinions on most things dealing with religion or politics and that has been reflected by his posts on naharnet so how can we be the same person?

You are free to believe whatever you want of course, but i gave you my full name so feel free to check it out.

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 02:03

Who in their right mind would publish videos of women being humiliated while nude? If it was only about releasing such videos, then he could just steal some sick video from the internet.

Either way, if the soldier he killed was a rapist (and he most likely was as that is a systematic speciality of bashars thugs and we as lebanese know this more than others) then he deserved to be killed but as for cutting him up and eating his organ, that is just sick and disgusting.

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 02:55

Salwahkalb, shia extremist, can you read? I said it was sick and disgusting so no i am not defending him but you shia extremists know only how to twist truth and facts. Haha you say god bless bashar al asad, when ali (ra) would have had him crucified. Sorry to disappoint you but God does not bless thugs and murderers whether they claim to be muslim, shia, christian or anything else.

I could care less for salafis or yazid, is that all you could throw at me? lol. Thank you for showing your true shia adab and akhle2.

Missing amir_taqieddine 15 May 2013, 13:22

Mowaten, that is a fair enough arguement.

Thumb love4bashar2 15 May 2013, 03:32

sunni history is repeating itself but now everybody can see it...

Thumb love4bashar2 15 May 2013, 03:51

hind was born a pagan and died a canibal pagan...quick joke about sunni way of interpretaion of islam...abu talib who was a pious man who devoted his whole like to islam and the father of imam ali amir al mumineen and jaffar al tayyar (look these names up if you dont know them) died a kafir. but hind and abusufiyan who were canibals drunks fornicators murderers and every word in the book died muslims im not religious but that does not make sence to me from a historians point of view

Missing amir_taqieddine 15 May 2013, 13:41

More blabbering? What happened to your other fake account salwahkalb? You arent religious as you say, your only brainwashed with extreme shiaism. That is why you will find many shias like you who will comitt rape while saying ya ali ali ali.

Missing amir_taqieddine 15 May 2013, 13:45

Sidon, unfortunatly, he is a lebanese, well at least according to his previous comments. But this shouldn't surprise you because shiites believe in the same extremism whether they are in da7ye, tyre, syria or iraq. Even those who arent religious will come out spewing their shia brainwashing, they teach them that as children.

Missing amir_taqieddine 15 May 2013, 13:47

Lest someone starts accusing me, i am posting from my brothers phone.

Missing primate 15 May 2013, 17:31

A true reflection of a Sunni rebel !,, just animals ...

Missing ali_bayrouti 15 May 2013, 19:21

Yes everyone except shia-alawi criminals are animals.

Default-user-icon Salaam (Guest) 15 May 2013, 18:24

Savage Arabs!!!!!

Thumb beiruti 15 May 2013, 19:17

What is it with people??!! What is the brand of hatred that drives them to actions in which even animals would not engage! This is worse the barberous. Regardless of actions taken by one side or the other, there is no justification for this. Ironic though that the Jihadist cites the Mosaic law of retribution to justify his actions.

Syria has now sunk to the lowest rungs of hell. God help them all, not the victims, but the survivors who will never live this down.

Default-user-icon kadir (Guest) 17 June 2014, 08:02

STOP ! STOP ! STOP ! STOP all your fighting! stop all hate!

stop thinking you are killing your enemy! you are not! they are innocent people like you.

there is only one enemy! the man who cleverly caused all this.

his name is Mr: Evelyn De Rothschild.