June 4, 2012

Bashar Assad's Pact with the Devil

Der Spiegel, Der Spiegel

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The regime of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad has enlisted gangs of murderous thugs known as 'Shabiha.' No assignment is too brutal or bloody for these men who are free to kill, plunder and rape. Assad knows that outright victory over the opposition is his only remaining chance to stay in power.

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