Obama is backing the jihadists, or as the administration and the sharia-compliant media refer to them, the "rebels." As for the clueless John McCain advocating for these jihadist forces, he's wrong. His photo-op with known jihad kidnappers is harsh proof of his ignorance.
Iran proxies (Assad, Hezb'Allah etc) vs Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood jihadists. My concern is for the millions of Christians being ethnically cleansed and slaughtered by devout Muslims. Back in January of 2012, Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) called on the UN to protect the Christians of Syria -- although calling on the UN to stop the slaughter of non-Muslims is like calling on the OIC to refrain from their global agenda to impose sharia. The US under Obama has abdicated its role as the moral force in the international body. Shameful.
Syrian rights group says rebels killed an Italian Jesuit priest Arab Times, August 14, 2013
BEIRUT, Aug 14, (Agencies): Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria have killed an Italian Jesuit priest who disappeared in the east of the country late last month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Paolo Dall’Oglio, a vocal supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and some Islamist rebel groups, disappeared in the rebel-held city of Raqqa on July 29.
He had served for three decades at the Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian, or Deir Mar Musa, before being expelled from the country in 2012. Since then he had returned to Syria at least twice.
The British-based monitoring group cited local activists in the city of Raqqa with close links to Dall’Oglio as saying he was killed while being held by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
It was not immediately possible to confirm the report.
The Observatory urged all Syrian opposition forces to pressure the ISIL fighters to reveal exactly what happened to Dall’Oglio “so his killers can be held to account, and to hand over his body for burial”.
Activists initially said he was kidnapped by the ISIL fighters, although some later said he had been meeting the al Qaeda-linked fighters to agree a truce with Kurdish brigades.
He was instrumental in restoring Deir Mar Musa, whose cathedral houses an exquisite 11th century fresco of the Last Judgment.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has exempted thousands of army reservists called up during the civil war from paying debt instalments and late fines during their service, the state news agency SANA said on Wednesday.
The decree was likely meant to boost soldier morale and discourage defections at a time of great strain almost two and half years into a shattering civil war that has seen Islamist-led rebels seize large tracts of Syria.