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"NATO rescue" Continued...

Issue: "The brain trust," June 30, 2012

The prolonged conflict that has killed over 9,000 took another critical turn after the June 1 massacre near the town of Houla, which killed an estimated 108-among them 49 children and 34 women. Since then Syrians across the country have testified to stepped-up violence and government shelling in civilian areas. But experts disagree over whether the militias responsible for the Houla massacre were allied with the government or with rebels. According to a new report in Germany's leading daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, anti-Assad Sunni militants carried out the massacre, and most victims were Alawite and Shite minorities, which have been largely supportive of Assad. The report cited Assad opponents as eyewitness sources, but they declined to have their names in print for fear of reprisals.

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