When Your So-Called ‘Moderate’ Rebels Behead an 11-Year-Old Boy…

Meme: moderate rebels in Syria

You may have seen the reports circulating concerning the beheading of a child in Syria.

The horrendous scenes of the beheading of a young Palestinian boy by a Syrian rebel faction called ‘Nour-Al-Din Al-Zenki’ has been all over social media in the past couple of days. This particularly barbaric crime was carried out not by ISIL/ISIS nor by Al-Nusra/Al-Qaeda, but by members of one of the so-called ‘moderate’ rebel groups that is backed by the United States and other Western allies.

The boy is reported by some to have been as young as 11 years old.

The child in question was accused of fighting for the Al-Quds Brigade, which is a Palestinian resistance group fighting on the side of the Syrian government and the Syrian Arab Army.

The generally reliable Al-Masdar News reported that, ‘The child, who is ostensibly under the age of 12, was arrested by Islamist militants fighting for the Turkish-backed Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement for allegedly being a fighter of the Palestinian Liwaa Al Quds (Al-Quds Brigade)… Liwaa Al Quds is a pro- government Palestinian paramilitary faction made up of the Palestinians who have been driven out of their homes in the Handarat Camp once Islamist militants took over the neighborhood… The sickening video shows a knife-wielding fighter beheading the child who has been laid down on the trunk with his hand cuffed behind his back.’

Video footage is available, but I’d generally recommend not watching it.

The Daily Beast confirmed, “The front includes not only hardline Salafist factions from the groups known as the Islamic Front but more moderate brigades like the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Mujahideen Army and Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, a militia that has also received TOW missiles from Washington in the past.”

This wouldn’t actually be the first time by any means that Syrian rebel groups – including so-called ‘moderate’ factions – have murdered children. Similar crimes go back to the earliest months of the fighting in Syria, in which some of the worst and most inhuman crimes had been carried out by members of the ‘moderate’ Free Syrian Army.

While it is widely disputed that there were *ever* any ‘moderate’ factions fighting against the government in Syria (moderate protesters, yes – but ‘moderate’ armed groups, not so much), Western officials have tried to maintain that illusion for the entirety of the Syrian Civil War, even after the emergence of ISIL/ISIS, and have continued with that illusion right up until today. Aside from the comedy act of the US State Department, David Cameron was also, months ago, still insisting that the West was supporting ‘moderate fighters’ in Syria – even though there has never been any proof produced to demonstrate this (and plenty of testimony to suggest the opposite).

Months ago, when Western officials condemned the Assad government for breaking the ceasefire and attacking ‘moderate opposition’ in Aleppo, it turned out these ‘moderates’ were Al-Qaeda affiliates.

Now the US State Department is having to backpedal and consider disavowing armed forces it previously insisted were ‘moderate opposition’ – though this distancing act probably won’t last too long. From the very beginning of the conflict, Western officials were throwing the ‘moderate opposition’ camouflage over highly questionable groups that foreign powers were arming in the first place (many of the fighters also being foreign).

Just as in Libya, all armed factions were called ‘moderates’ – then, much later, when ‘ISIS’ emerged and the Al-Qaeda element became obvious, the propaganda strategy evolved to ‘well, ok, there are some extremist groups – but we’re just going to support the moderates now…’

The reality is that there is no distinction anymore. The bullshit goes on. As does the barbarism.

Meanwhile, the French Air-Force – according to some, in ‘revenge’ for Nice – is reported to have killed up to 100 civilians in Syria during intended strikes against ISIS targets.

It is alleged that ISIS has been using civilians as human shields again, though in a separate incident an airstrike by the United States appears to have killed some 60 further civilians.

S. Awan

Independent journalist. Pariah. Believer in human rights, human dignity and liberty. Musician. Substandard Jedi. All-round failure. And future ghost.


  1. ‘Video footage is available, but I’d generally recommend not watching it’. Yeah – learning that one is a word of wisdom. What to read – do-us, some, good? Exact a right response? An up and power-out action; to type or talk – some… At the rate – God forbid / and certainly wants to – this increasingly spectacle of macabre continues – what kind of broadcasting is going to be poured on to us? ‘News’ = horror = relentless. Would be one thing if it was nothing-noble about, savage-likes, out of civilisation? But it’s ‘our lot’. Not even in uniform and crimes seen but most-wicked, both-sides making evil. These most utterly-stupid leaders of deception, might think they’re being tough (?) but are sickos and pa-th-et-tic. UK and other politicians holding the plug and switch for this boys murder. Facts; for all human conditional, tribal barbarity – you could wonder what would be the comparison if this terrible Anglo-american alliance of a conspiracy, wasn’t so controlling? Tons and tons less. The deep rot in already rotten suit and booted lot. They are the pump and primers. And we – let them… as far as. Might look fancy-like writing so would but all literate can – and we ought-er make, an-each-one, spit-one, toward some cumulative noise. Gotta. Type this comment. Type another there. That’s one big – What We Do. Ne’er mind ‘dig for peace’ – type or talk-out for… Reading ‘this’ – so please repeat, replicate – any some thing eh?

  2. Yeah gave up watching beheading videos 3 or 4 after Nick Berg. What has happened to our world? The brazen hypocrisy on all sides and the spectre of a violent and meaningless death surrounding us on all sides real or imagined. I am left with NO CHOICE but to quote Thomas Hobbes …

    Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withall. In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.
    Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651.

    • That’s epic, NP – thanks. Leave it you to bring the classical lit.

    • Anarchy ( or in Hobbes’ terms, the State of Nature ) is so fearful that

      people will turn even to tyranny to free themselves from this

      war ‘ of all against all.’

      • e.g. Carl Schmitt? I have to say I have had enough of liberalism uber alles myself … I thought Hilary’s intro at the DNC showed how shallow it has all become … she doesn’t insult people with disabilities, she would be the first historic female president … who cares if she is corrupt to the core just don’t vote for Trump … I don’t see much room for optimism right now!?

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