Execution of dozens of defecting Syrian soldiers

According to CNN, 44 soldiers from the Syrian regime who decided to defect were executed by government troops Saturday in Idlib province.

A total of fifty soldiers attempted to defect from the regime. Forty-four were executed and six escaped, activists said.

The plan to defect was thwarted by a captain who was loyal to the regime. He could see that a plan was being hatched, so he decided to become a part of the plan, only to inform a brigadier general about it. That general ordered the defectors’ execution.

The Free Syrian Army, which is an opposition group that emerged last summer, is composed of defectors from the government regime. Many of those who have defected have done so because they have refused to follow orders telling them to murder civilians.


Enough is enough. Al-Assad needs to be stopped. The fact that some of those loyal to him are even realizing his madness and trying to defect says a lot about the situation. But al-Assad knows that once those loyal to him begin to turn their back, he is done.

Al-Assad has already gone way to far, but this is absolutely insane. He has committed some grave injustices and crimes against humanity, but to execute those once loyal to him, is on a whole new level (though I am not surprised). We must hold him accountable for every crime against humanity and death he has inflicted on Syria because literally no one is safe from his wrath. He must be taken down.

We MUST intervene now!


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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