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Pro-Assads were ‘picked’ by killers in Houla massacre: US author

Stephen Lendman, a writer and radio host from Chicago.

By PressTV | 5 Jun 2012

An American author says armed groups in Syria had “picked out” pro-government Syrians in the May 25 massacre in the western town of Houla that left more than 100 people dead, Press TV reports.

“The people who were targeted in Houla… were loyal to the Assad government, they were picked out, they were targeted for assassination,” said Stephen Lendman, a writer and radio host from Chicago, in an interview with Press TV on Monday.

“These insurgents, these kill gangs… are Western-recruited mercenaries coming from nearby regional countries. These are coming in by the thousands… They come in at different times and this has been going on for a long time.”

Lendman also stated that some Western governments have “special forces” on the ground in Syria helping the armed groups.

On May 25, clashes broke out between Syrian forces and armed groups in Houla, located in the central province of Homs and about 32 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of the provincial capital city of Homs.

The head of the UN observer mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, said in a briefing via videoconference from Damascus to an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on May 27 that the UN monitors in Houla reported 108 people were killed, including 49 children and 34 women.

Some Western governments blame Damascus for the massacre, but the results of a Syrian government investigation into the deadly incident showed on May 31 that anti-Damascus armed groups had carried out the killings to “bring foreign military intervention against the country in any form and way.”

Armed groups continue attacks inside Syria despite a ceasefire that took effect on April 12 and was part of a six-point peace plan presented by the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, in March.

The American author further said that those anti-Damascus governments are “sending the insurgents out to commit the atrocities.”

On June 3, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a televised address to the parliament that Syria is “facing a war from abroad.”

“What happened in Houla and elsewhere (in Syria) are brutal massacres which even monsters would not have carried out.”

“Standing up against the conspiracy is not easy, but we will overcome the obstacles,” the Syrian president stated.



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