Sunday, August 31, 2014

Al Qaeda posts photo of 45 UN peacekeepers captured in Syria, 8/31/14, NY Times

8/31/14, " بيان حول احتجاز 45 من قوات الأمم المتحدة لمراقبة فض الاشتباك ""

8/31/14, "Al Qaeda Affiliate Claims Capture of U.N. Peacekeepers in Syria," NY Times, Ben Hubbard, Istanbul
"The Syrian branch of Al Qaeda has acknowledged that it captured 45 United Nations peacekeepers in southern Syria, saying that they were being held in retaliation for what the group called the United Nations’ failure to help the people of Syria during the country’s civil war.

The group, the Nusra Front, also accused the peacekeeping force, which has monitored the demarcation line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights since 1974, of protecting Israeli-controlled territory while doing nothing to stop the killing on the Syrian side.

The statement, released late Saturday, contained a group photo of the captured peacekeepers, who are from Fiji, as well as a photograph of their identification cards. The statement said they were being treated well and were given food and medical care, but it issued no demands for their release."...


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