Video: Syrian soldiers plant weapons on murdered protesters

posted at 2:50 pm on June 6, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Syria claims that a number of its security forces have been murdered by “terrorists” in the last few weeks, as uprisings in the country against the Bashar Assad regime may have claimed more than 1200 lives, according to human rights activists.  New video from Syria calls into question the reliability of claims by Assad’s regime of “terrorism,” as CNN reports in this video today that dates from May:

Two videos newly posted on YouTube show what Syrian opposition activists say is the gruesome slaughter of civilians in the besieged city of Daraa who had tried to feed people during a recent uprising.

One video shows what appears to be a group of Syrian security forces standing over dead bodies, making jokes and discussing planting weapons on them. …

Throughout the uprising in Syria, the Syrian government has described protesters as “armed criminals” and “terrorists,” at times saying photos prove that the “criminals” were armed when security forces shot them.

In the video, the people speaking know they are are being taped, addressing the camera at times. Some of them are smiling or laughing. One jokes about “eyeliner” on one of the dead bodies.

In the brief cut from the CNN video, one can see a Syrian soldier placing a bandolier of ammunition on one of the bodies in an attempt to frame the story. In the original video, one gets a much more complete idea of the attempt to plant weapons on the corpses, which all appear to have been shot at close range on the rooftop.  Note that no soldiers are among the dead, nor do any appear to be wounded; it looks as though the men were crowded together and then executed.  This video contains extremely graphic and disturbing images, and should not be viewed by anyone who would be upset or sickened by it:

This massacre happened in Daraa last month. In the clip, a number of civilians are shot to death while they were trying to get some food to the people Daraa, a city which has been besieged by the regime since the beginning of the revolution. Bashar al-Assad’s Forces cold-bloodedly killed them and then put weapons on the victims to fool the media by giving the impression that the victims were terrorists.

If you listen carefully (at 1:12), you will hear one of the soldiers addressing one of the dead people on the floor, by saying: “Your dad came to you and told you to surrender, but you refused!!” Another solider (07:35) confirm[s] this statement. A third voice is heard saying, “I sent them up to five people but no one would listen to me!!”. You can also hear the soldiers talking about the necessity to leave the weapons untouched until “the committee” would arrive.

For those who didn’t watch the video, the soldiers stop the videographer while they continue to place weapons on the corpses. After the video resumes, the same soldiers then encourage the videographer to film the weapons placed on the bodies. It’s obviously a crude attempt to transform an execution into a defensive engagement. By the way, it also puts an end to the claim that Muslims will vehemently react to graphic images of dead Muslims; there is one shot here where the top of a man’s head has mostly disappeared.

So much for Assad the reformer. Meanwhile, near the Golan Heights, Syria may have decided that encouraging border rushes was not going to convince the Israelis to give up their captured high ground after all:

Syrian police blocked dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters from approaching the Israeli frontier on Monday, preventing a repeat of deadly clashes with Israeli forces that killed as many as 23 people who tried to rush the border.

Israeli officials said the instability in Syria ruled out any prospects for peace and accused the government of orchestrating the deadly unrest to deflect attention from its own crackdown on homegrown protests. Israel also questioned Syria’s reported death toll.

Syrian police set up a pair of checkpoints on Monday, including one a half-mile (kilometer) from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Nearly 20 protesters, some waving Syrian flags, were walking down a hill leading to the border when two police officers blocked their advance by extending their arms.

Nearly 20 protesters”? Assad’s forces may have stopped them out of embarrassment. If that’s all that Syria can muster for an anti-Israeli protest while tens of thousands fill the streets to demand Assad’s ouster, it’s a sign that Syrians are no longer afraid of their dictator, and that’s bad news for Assad, whose regime depends on fright and terror.

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Dusty on June 6, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Barack hardest hit?

Oil Can on June 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

“Syria claims that a number of its security forces have been murdered by “terrorists” in the last few weeks,”

One is a number, and now that I think about it, so is zero.

Dusty on June 6, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Why Libya and not Syria?

equanimous on June 6, 2011 at 2:57 PM

This administration is an abyssmal failure, and is in deep shit; we are in deep shit now as a nation as well.

singlemalt 18 on June 6, 2011 at 2:59 PM

These are crimes against humanity. As a soldier, I am horrified at the behavior of these people against their fellow countrymen. This is completely out of hand and there is no leader anywhere that is adequately dealing with these murderous dictators. That is, except Bibi Netanyahu–the leader that has been the most outspoken supporter of middle easterners who are oppressed by dictators that are clinging to power.

The blood spilled by these people is going to cry out from the ground and will ensnare Assad in due time.

ted c on June 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Syria is just doing what Palestinians have done, just leaving guns instead of taking them.

portlandon on June 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

“Leading from behind”

Professor O’Barry will go down in history as the man who lost the Middle East. Never let a Leftist Nut Job™ tell you about the horrible dictators supported by the Right. Just show them this video.

NickDeringer on June 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Disgusting.

Cindy Munford on June 6, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Did anyone mention that Barack killed Bin Laden?

right2bright on June 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Ummm where are the Lib protesters and Press??? Chasing Palin and joining the Rinos Palin bashers in their attacks on her.
We really need her as Prez to support and protect Israel!!

dec5 on June 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Makes you wonder how many Americans would be willing to slaughter unarmed fellow Americans to maintain control.

John Deaux on June 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

The video does not show them placing weapons.
They are looking for them.
One picks up ammo then outs it down again.

Stop spreading lies , especially obvious lies.

LeeSeneca on June 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I have an important announcement: Golf anyone?
— Barry

Dusty on June 6, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Heh.

The funny thing is if President Obama had any hopes of luring Bashar Assad into a pro-Western orbit they pretty much vanished when he undertook the Libyan campaign. Why in the world would Bashar Assad trust any assurances made by the Obama administration after it duplicitously stabbed Ghadaffi in the back? Why would Assad give up his weapons of mass destruction programs now? Why on earth would he even consider renouncing ties to terror groups or severing ties with Iran now?

Mike Honcho on June 6, 2011 at 3:10 PM

The story about Syria paying those protesters to attack the border with Israel is also coming out: Syrian Opposition: Anti-Israel Rioters Paid $1,000

That’s actually a more important story as it counters the liberal narrative on the ‘evil Israeli imperialist apartheid blah-blah-blah’.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2011 at 3:12 PM

He picks up the ammo and puts it down in the exact same spot.

He’s obviously looking for the weapon that matches it.

When you spread lies, you become the lies

LeeSeneca on June 6, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Islamic justice. When does Pelosi put on her designer hijab make a comment?

Hening on June 6, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Every Muslim ought to look at that and ask yourself, “Why is it that I hate Jews again?”

ted c on June 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Who put our embassy back in Syria and took them off the list?

Rea1ityCheck on June 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Not America’s problem.

Socmodfiscon on June 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

[LeeSeneca on June 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM]

Uh huh. You understand arabic, do you?

Dusty on June 6, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Let’s give them a state!

Oh…

Shy Guy on June 6, 2011 at 3:20 PM

“…and that’s bad news for Assad, whose regime depends on fright and terror.”

You forgot Iran…

Seven Percent Solution on June 6, 2011 at 3:23 PM

By the way, it also puts an end to the claim that Muslims will vehemently react to graphic images of dead Muslims;

Well, actually… no it doesn’t. No one said Muslims would react vehemently when Muslims kill other Muslims.

Its when non-Muslims kill Muslims… or even look at them sideways, not to mention any perceived “insults” to their Q’uran and/or “prophet”. Thats when you will see them react vehemently.

StephenDvd on June 6, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I would like to watch the video along side Pelosi, Kerry and every other US politician who has been kissing Assad’s butt.

myrenovations on June 6, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Its when non-Muslims kill Muslims… or even look at them sideways, not to mention any perceived “insults” to their Q’uran and/or “prophet”. Thats when you will see them react vehemently.

StephenDvd on June 6, 2011 at 3:25 PM

You mean like us still breathing, right?

John Deaux on June 6, 2011 at 3:28 PM

This is the same regime that claimed the Israelis killed 22 “protesters” at the fence in the Golan this weekend, and injured more than 200 others.

NYT uncritically regurgitated the reporting from Syria on Sunday.

According to this Syrian reform group, the government in Damascus offered Syrians (not “Palestinians” from the camps in Syria) $1000 to join the border mob on Sunday, and $10K for their families if they were killed.

J.E. Dyer on June 6, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I think Barry got the “enemy of our enemy is our friend” idea confused with “friend (Syria) of our enemy (Iran) is our friend”.

Total failure. Worst President in modern times.

albill on June 6, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Makes you wonder how many Americans would be willing to slaughter unarmed fellow Americans to maintain control.

John Deaux on June 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Bill Ayers, while discussing his plans for the country during his youth, said he thought there were about 25 million Americans that would not submit to the revolution. They would be eliminated. This from Larry Grathwohl, an FBI mole in the Weathermen group.

They’re out there. Fortunately they are a bunch of nebishes that would not have the balls to do it themselves.

A communist is a socialist with a military at his command.

iurockhead on June 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

They certainly seem to enjoy their work.

Django on June 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Every Muslim ought to look at that and ask yourself, “Why is it that I hate Jews again?”

ted c on June 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I was thinking about that earlier. When are those that ask questions going to start asking that one obvious question?

And when are the historians going to point out that places like Egypt were Christian nations when islamic hordes invaded?

And when is someone going to point out to the black muslims that it was arab muslims who, along with african tribes, captured weaker africans and sold them to the white slave traders?

davidk on June 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

This deserves another stern letter from the POTUS.

Zaire67 on June 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Bill Ayers, while discussing his plans for the country during his youth, said he thought there were about 25 million Americans that would not submit to the revolution. They would be eliminated. This from Larry Grathwohl, an FBI mole in the Weathermen group.

They’re out there. Fortunately they are a bunch of nebishes that would not have the balls to do it themselves.

A communist is a socialist with a military at his command.

iurockhead on June 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Yep, and never doubt that they are still out there. There are hundreds of thousands of progs in our country that would send folks like you and I to re-education camps in a heartbeat.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2011 at 4:44 PM

He thought Qaddafi was going to easy to remove and look how that’s working out. There’s no way he’ll even publicly acknowledge this, much less address it.
 
2:57am…

rogerb on June 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

LeeSeneca on June 6, 2011 at 3:12 PM

I was looking for weapons too, especially the heavy weapons usually associated with ammo belts you claim he picked up and put down again…they’re usually pretty big and don’t require much of a search.

Also conspicuously missing is any evidence of such a weapon being fired; Surely, if there was a firefight there would be spent shell casings everywhere, I counted two.

Ciannaky on June 6, 2011 at 4:52 PM

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Nearly Nobody on June 6, 2011 at 4:53 PM

2:57am…

rogerb on June 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Heh.

davidk on June 6, 2011 at 5:04 PM

“These reports of atrocities are unconfirmed….let’s not jump to conclusions and accuse the religion of peace of committing murder of other Muslims….the protestors acted stupidly….I’ve invited Assad to meet with me in the Beer Garden..I mean Rose garden, for a beer and some hoops”

Where the f**k is Biden….I’m running out of crap to say here…get him in front of a camera pronto…..

BobMbx on June 6, 2011 at 5:08 PM

After the story last week of the 13 year old boy who died after being tortured, and brutalized, and his wounds being explained as post mortem decay…this isn’t so shocking to find this out.

As disgusting, sad, and disheartening as this is, it’s not shocking to me. These dictators seem capable of just about anything. That being said though….the new regimes…will they be anymore concerned about human rights than the old regimes?

capejasmine on June 6, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Arabs have been murdering Arabs for centuries. But hey, those money-grubbing Joos are illegally occupying some patch of dirt that really belongs to Muslims, right?

RebeccaH on June 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

And this is why the muzzies get zero respect for their opinions especially when regarding Israel

trusting the muzzies is like leaving your son with John Wayne Gacy, your daughter with Ted Bundy and expecting positive results

what’s even more harious is that when the muzzies finish their latest cull, it will be swept under the rug to make way for the next contrived human rights violation commited by Israel

Sonosam on June 6, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Are we sure these gun didn’t come from the ATF?

mad saint jack on June 6, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Muslims killing Muslims….. where is the outrage, the riots, the ranting crowds……? These savages have been killing each other for centuries and nobody will ever stop it. One of those guys with his brains blown out probably resembles UBL in his final state. Odumbo must have missed the 3 am phone call again.

ultracon on June 6, 2011 at 8:45 PM

That’s a lot of headshots. In an engagent you might get a few, but wow. If I was a betting man, well, I’ll just say if they find out this was a death squad I wouldn’t be surprised.

hawkdriver on June 6, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Hawk

total execution scene

these people were grouped then killed

look at the massive blood pools right where they lay

I’m sure bongo and the commies will try to import some of these animals here for sure

Sonosam on June 7, 2011 at 1:01 AM

The video does not show them placing weapons.
They are looking for them.
One picks up ammo then outs it down again.

Stop spreading lies , especially obvious lies.

LeeSeneca on June 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHASHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you. Laughter is good for the soul; and a well-timed joke is never out of place.

Solaratov on June 7, 2011 at 1:57 PM