War is hell, and with each passing day, becomes even more hellish.Western governments may seek out more sophisticated drone technology and craft careful “rules of engagement” to limit civilian casualties, but that doesn’t matter when the adversary plays by a whole different set of rules.
And what if it’s the people we’re supposed to be supporting? Last week, President Obama announced he was sending 50 (count ‘em) Special Operators to Syria to help train “rebel forces” trying to combat ISIS and overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.
Well, here’s how THEY wage war.
AFP reports “a major Syrian rebel group is using dozens of captives in metal cages as “human shields” in the largest opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, a monitor said Sunday.
Jaish al-Islam, regarded as the most powerful rebel group near the capital, has put regime soldiers and Alawite civilians it was holding in metal cages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.
The group then placed these cages in public squares in the Eastern Ghouta region in an attempt to “prevent regime bombardment”, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.“Jaish al-Islam is using these captives and kidnapped people — including whole families — as human shields,” he said.
Both regime forces and rebel groups have been criticized by rights groups for indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Syria’s war, which has killed more than 250,000 people since it began in March 2011.”I’m sure those fifty SpecOps troops Obama is sending will have a huge impact on this conflict, and help to end the war on women occurring in the Muslim world.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]