Cet article va certainement être beaucoup discuté. Pas parce qu’il serait plus fiable ou moins fiable que ce qu’on lit habituellement, mais parce qu’il prend le contrepied de ce qui s’écrit sur la Syrie.
A number of activists at the forefront of the civilian protest movement in Syria confirmed that a bloody attack on government troops in the city of Hama last week was almost certainly the work of extremists involved in the insurgency against US forces in Iraq.
“Now the opposition has to deal with both the brutality of the regime and the stupidity of a few people who don’t understand that this has to be kept peaceful.”
Until this week, many in the opposition had also constantly tried to blame the deaths of soldiers on their own commanders seeking retribution against those who refused to shoot unarmed protesters.
But this policy of denial has changed after footage, broadcast repeatedly on Syrian state television showed the bloodied corpses of soldiers being tossed from a bridge near Hama last week. The grisly pictures showed the muddied waters of the Orontes River crimson as they land with a sickening splash.
But, after satellite imagery and other evidence emerged to show that the incident did indeed take place near Hama, the opposition has been forced to come clean.
“This act was carried out by Syrian fighters who have come back from Iraq,” an activist in Damascus said. “We can’t control them and we are very disturbed by this because ultimately it plays into the government’s hands.”
According to Joshua Landis, a prominent Syria analyst whose wife’s cousin was among the dead, the soldiers were killed after a carefully planned ambush by unknown gunmen on two of their lorries. Video footage that has emerged appears to bear this out.
More images suggest that the same happened in Jisr al-Shughur, where the regime claims more than 100 soldiers were killed. One video shows a large group of soldiers taking a break inside a building, the next shows their bodies strewn across rooms and a corridor inside the building and littering the ground outside.