July 4, 2016 9:29 pm

Amnesty documents ‘chilling’ abuses by armed groups in Syria

Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces greet their comrades on March 28, 2015 in the Syrian city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government control. The capture is a blow to the Syrian regime and raises the prospect that the city will become the effective capital of territory held by Al-Qaeda's Syrian wing, Al-Nusra Front, analysts said.


BEIRUT – Amnesty International says some opposition groups in Syria have adopted methods of abuse similar to those employed by the government, after documenting a “chilling” wave of torture, abductions and summary killings in insurgent-controlled areas.

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In a report released Tuesday, the London-based rights group says civilians in insurgent-controlled areas are living under the rule of the gun, facing widening abuse that often amounts to war crimes. The report details 24 cases of abductions since 2012 of activists, religious or ethnic minorities as well as three children, two of whom remain missing.

The abuses were committed in northern Syria by five armed groups, including some backed by the U.S and other regional powers, and al-Qaida’s branch in Syria.

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