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US accuses Syria of mass executions and burning the bodies

16 May 2017

There's no evidence backing these claims up, of course, apart from satellite photos on the outside of the crematorium, and U.S. officials rather just rehashed a series of things they think may well be happening in Syrian prison, including torture and rape, followed up with a speedy execution and disposal.

In presenting the photographs, the top USA diplomat for the Middle East, Stu Jones, said Monday that Bashar Assad's regime "has sunk to a new level of depravity" with the support of Russian Federation and Iran. Trump has previously lambasted the nuclear deal with Iran and supported calls for additional sanctions over the country's ballistic missile program.

The US has been sidelined from talks in Astana, where most of the significant agreements of the six-year-war have been made.

The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison near Damascus to clandestinely dispose of the bodies of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility, the State Department said Monday.

Granted, before the Syrian Civil War, it wasn't crystal clear that Bashir Assad would become one of the globe's bloodiest and most ruthless dictators.

Citing "credible sources" and data gathered by nongovernmental organizations, Stuart stated that between 2011 and 2015, the Assad regime abducted and detained as many as 117,000 people and killed as many as 50 detainees a day at Saydnaya.

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"We believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in Saydnaya prison", said Stuart Jones, the top United States diplomat for the Middle East.

Amnesty International said in February that the Syrian government executed up to 13,000 prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at the military jail near Damascus.

"We are appalled by the atrocities carried out by the Assad regime", he said.

Jones refused to say these allegations could lead to further USA military action, saying the U.S. will not telegraph its intentions. "The regime must stop all attacks on civilian and opposition forces".

While the USA has long condemned Russian Federation for supporting Assad's regime, President Donald Trump's administration also has expressed interest in working with Russian Federation to combat Islamic State terrorists in Syria.

The State Department handed out to reporters what it said is newly declassified photo evidence from 2013 to 2017 to support its claim of the building being repurposed into a crematorium. Both sides, he said at the time, want to end the "the awful, terrible killing in Syria as soon as possible, and everybody is working toward that end".

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Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International's regional office in Beirut, said: "The horrors depicted in this report reveal a hidden, monstrous campaign, authorised at the highest levels of the Syrian government, aimed at crushing any form of dissent within the Syrian population".

Finally, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Democrat, met with Assad earlier this year and came back with nothing critical to say about him, and in fact accused the United States of "supporting terror groups". Neither government commented on the new USA allegation.

The Trump administration has considerably hardened its stance against Assad since the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province on April 4, Stein said.

"We were requested by jailers to kill each other".

"I think the question is what about sequencing", Stein said.

"The Trump administration believes that Syria's political future should be decided by Syrians in a free, credible and transparent process", the White House's Spicer said May 15.

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