September 11th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

U.N. report: Abuses on both sides of Syrian civil war

A new United Nations report affirms that both sides in the Syrian civil war have committed grave crimes in violation of international law.

Government forces continue to attack civilian populations in what amounts to crimes against humanity, says the report by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was released Wednesday.

But anti-government groups, in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, have themselves committed war crimes, including murder, torture and hostage-taking, the report states.

As the fighting rages, "it is civilians who continue to pay the price for the failure to negotiate an end to this conflict," the agency said in a prepared statement.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Abuses from both sides of the war

    Duuuuuh, Ya think ?

    September 11, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat. Ya gotta fight fire with fire huh? Guess they think the rebels should be using pea s h o o ters and slings h o ts!

    September 11, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. @ chrissy

    Yep... 8 incidents of massacres to 1 in favor of Assad.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Nice name @ the tool in the room! I didnt say either side is right or wrong! Im just saying if one side starts it they gotta expect the other side will follow suit!

    September 11, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Good morning @bobcat@banasy
    Nothing new in this 'revelation'. assassins and rapists,AlQaeda and such making up what are labeled as 'rebels'. Trained and supported by intervening 'players'.
    The regime on the other hand determined to retain power and throw them out.
    Syrians bearing the brunt.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    In any case its NOT our battle and it shouldnt be up to us to sort it out and clean it up. Especially since its just gonna start all up later and over and over again!

    September 11, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    But unfortunately these 'battles' are forcibly thrown in our laps and we no longer have the gall to reject them and stand for our interests.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Today Sheldon offered financial help to Obama if he attacks Syria. Well let Sheldon and others of his ilk join the rebels i would say.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Its also intriguing that WH is keeping mum on use of chemicals by the 'rebels'

    September 11, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat


    September 11, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Ring any bells folks?

    September 11, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Unfortunately for some Israeli chemical weapons are getting the spotlight with all this ruckus.writing in Foreign Policy, Mathew M Aid says that in 1982 CIA had discovered a nerve agent and production facility in Dimona Sensitive Storage Area in the Nejev desert.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Also mustard agent production facilities on secret locations.
    So what would the new chemical weapons protocol mean for our 'ally' ?

    September 11, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    my comments are being moderated folks.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    And they might get the delete.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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