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article imageCannibal rebel ate dead soldier: 'All Syrians will be like me'

By Eko Armunanto     May 20, 2013 in World
Rebel commander Abu Sakkar filmed himself cutting out and eating the organs of a dead pro-regime fighter, and warned that if the bloodshed continues "all Syrian people" will be like him - promising the same fate to Alawites members of Assad’s Shiite.
The shocking Youtube video was admitted by Abu Sakkar himself during an exclusive interview with Time. He said he found the dead pro-government fighter had mobile phone footage showing the killing of children, rapes, dismemberment and torture. "Every free Syrian who sees this; you don't know what they can do," he said. He also warned that if the bloodshed in Syria continues "all Syrian people will be like me."
Sakkar said “Hopefully we will slaughter all of them (Alawites). I have another video clip that I will send to them. In the clip I am sawing another Shabiha (pro-government militiaman) with a saw. The saw we use to cut trees. I cut him in small pieces and large ones.” He went on defending his actions, saying his brutality stems from a fundamental belief in the eye for an eye principle, and accusing the dead soldier in the video of having had footage on his mobile phone of him abusing and humiliating a naked women and her two daughters.
Responding to the shocking video and statements, the leaders of Syria’s largest rebel group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have vowed to hunt down and severely “punish the man filmed cutting out and eating an organ from a government soldier’s chest.” Today’s FSA statement came as ‘wanted’ posters appeared in rebel-held areas, calling for Sakkar to be brought to justice dead or alive.
In a statement, the FSA leadership said: “Any act contrary to the values that the Syrian people have paid their blood and lost their homes to will not be tolerated, the abuser will be punished severely even if they are associated with the Free Syrian Army.”
All the mass killings this month were one in a series of recent sectarian-tinged attacks that Syrians on both sides have seized on to demonize each other. Government and rebel fighters have filmed themselves committing atrocities for the world to see. There were also footages showing pro-government fighters beating, killing and mutilating Sunni rebel detainees, forcing them to refer to President Bashar al-Assad as God.
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