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After Child Is Beheaded, Syrian UN Envoy Demands US-Coalition Stop Funding So-Called Rebel ‘Moderates’

July 27, 2016 (EIRNS)—Syria’s Ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, who leads the Syrian government delegation in the Geneva political talks, delivered a direct hit against the United States and its allies in the anti-ISIS “coalition” for funding brutal terrorists in Syria who decapitated a 12-year-old boy on video last week. Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on the “humanitarian crisis” in Syria, Amb. Al-Jaafari’s strong statement occurred in the aftermath of the terrorist “Nour-Eddin al-Zinki Movement’s” video of July 20 that showed members of the group slapping around a wounded boy and then beheading him on the flatbed of a pickup truck.

Al-Jaafari described how the al-Zinki group killed the Palestinian refugee child, Abdullah Issa, in “cold blood,” reported the Mehr news agency, and then recounted that this very group is designated by “some states” on the Security Council as a “moderate armed opposition” group, and has been backed by the anti-Assad coalition since 2011.

Naming nine other Western-backed “moderate” groups that are the same as Al Zinki, Al-Jaafari asked how member states of the UN Security Council could claim that they protect human rights when they support such butchers. This support encourages the acts of “killing and slaughtering,” reported Mehr agency, including groups carrying out the terrorist acts in European cities.

“I firmly believe that each citizen of the states recently affected by the surge of terrorism has the right to wonder” why their governments overlook jihadists travelling to Syria to carry out terrorist acts against the people and government of Syria, Al Jafaari said.

When confronted about the incident at a briefing on July 20th, State Dept. spokesman Mark Toner refused to denounce the beheading. If proven, Toner said, the beheading would merely “give us pause about any assistance or ... further involvement” with the group.

Since Toner’s statement, Al Zinki’s leadership has claimed that it arrested their fighters who killed the boy, and the US is sweeping the incident under the rug.