One day following reports the Nour al-Din al-Zinki insurgent group vowed to investigate whether a captured youth executed by the force was a member of a pro-Assad Palestinian organization, disagreements emerged between the boy’s family and the rebel group, the Liwa al-Quds, to which the youth allegedly belonged.
Video capturing a youth being ridiculed and later executed surfaced earlier this week. In each video, the boy appears to have received recent medical attention and signs of physical abuse are also evident.
The Nour al-Din al-Zinki Movement is funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The youth’s sister claimed the boy, aged 10 or 12, was a Syrian and had been defending his homeland; in contrast, the Liwa al-Quds Brigade, a pro-Assad group with both Syrian and Palestinian members, claims the boy was a refugee from Aleppo.
According to Liwa al-Quds, the boy was Abdullah Issa; his alleged sister has identified the youth as Zoze Aisa and vehemently denied he was of Palestinian origin in a Facebook post.
Responding to the outcry, the Nour al-Din al-Zinki Movement has stated those responsible for the youth’s death have been detained and a justice committee has been convened to investigate the matter.
In a Twitter post, the group said it denounced the action of its members.
THE NURIDEEN ZENKI MOVEMENT
— حركةنور الدين الزنكي (@NDZankiMotion) July 19, 2016
Fighter or not and age notwithstanding, the United States and CIA should not support a group responsible for actions such as this.
It is important to note the 14-nation November 2015 Vienna peace talks included the Kingdom of Jordan, which had classified the Nour al-Din al-Zinki Movement as a terrorist group and listed among their crimes abduction and torture.
Worse, the Movement is allied with the Free Syrian Army, which has undeniable links to the al-Nusra Front, a group with strong ties to al-Qaeda.
Unfortunately, due to the slow-dawning concern of the Obama Administration, moderate Islamic groups in Syria early on were either defeated in battle or co-opted by more radical groups hostile to the U.S.. The White House’s failure to confront Islamic terror and address the rise of ISIS in good time has made prospective groups nearly indistinguishable from terror movements.
We are not choosing allies in the region wisely.
[BBC] [Reuters] [Photo courtesy CBS News]