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Aleppo bishop says ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels are killing civilians

February 18, 2016

A bishop in Syria’s largest city has lamented the killing of civilians by “moderate” Syrian rebels and said that Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, are liberating parts of the city.

Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, the apostolic vicar for Aleppo’s Latin-rite Catholics, said that there has been “continuous bombardment of civilians” by “groups that are called the ‘moderate opposition’” but “do not differ from the other jihadists (Islamic State and al-Nusra) other than by name,” according to Vatican Radio.

In some parts of the city, the Assad government’s “regular army is advancing with the help of the Russians, and in the liberated areas the operation of water and electricity is beginning again, the schools reopen.”


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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Feb. 19, 2016 1:19 AM ET USA

    Syrian bishop Jacques Behnan Hindo (Western propaganda keeps talking about moderate rebels, who do not exist.) has expressed similar concerns: The US, France and Britain "only speak of attacking the Daesh (ISIS), but do not speak of the Nusra Front and other Islamist militias linked to Al Qaeda." Bishop Hindo was outraged by Senator John McCain’s admission that anti-Assad rebels are CIA-trained and said that even ISIS "in some way have been helped by the Americans and their ambiguous attitude."

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Feb. 18, 2016 9:37 PM ET USA

    You'll never hear this in the American mainstream news media. Instead, Putin and Assad must be demonized to pave the way for World War III.