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This Slaughter Has To Stop Incendiary Bomb Victims 'Like the Walking Dead'

Posted August 29, 2013 -  Updated August 30, 2013 -  See "Note from Tom" below.

© BBC News See also - Syria: Reports of 'napalm-like' bomb attack: Video - Note from Tom

There appears to be a consensus (see comments below) that the video above is propaganda and a staged event in support of the Syrian rebels. I can neither confirm or deny that the report is valid, but I do agree that the reporter appears to attribute the attack to a Syrian fighter jet, without providing any evidence to support his conclusion.

What is beyond debate is that a great many people have died and an even greater number have suffered and or witnessed suffering beyond what can be described as civilized behavior in this war on the Syrian people.

What I find objectionable about some of the comments, is that we prefer to blame one side or the other rather than empathize with those on whom this tragedy is inflected.

It would appear we are more interested in attributing responsibility and picking a side (as…

Al Qaeda vows 'Volcano of Revenge' over Syrian suspected gas attack - SITE

(Reuters) - An al Qaeda affiliate threatened a "Volcano of Revenge" against Syrian government security and military targets in retaliation for a suspected poison attack near Damascus, the SITE Monitoring Group reported late on Tuesday.

A branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said in a statement it would punish Syriafor a series of massacres, including last week's alleged chemical weapons attack, after meeting eight Syrian factions.

"The meeting factions decided to carry out the "Volcano of Revenge" invasion in response to the regime's massacres against our people in Eastern Ghouta, the last of which was the chemical weapons massacre," SITE quoted the statement, dated August 26, as saying.

"They have decided to strike the main joints of the regime in imprisoned Damascus, including security branches, support and supply points, training centres, and infrastructure," it said.

The United States and its allies are gearing up fo…

U.N. experts prepare to leave Syria, chemical probe needs time

(Reuters) - A team of U.N. investigators has finished gathering evidence related to a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in suburbs near Damascus last week, but will need time to complete its analysis, the world body said on Friday.

The announcement the U.N. inspectors will not be releasing their findings immediately came as Washington suggested the U.N. investigation would have no bearing on its decision about whether to attack Syria in retaliation for the alleged poison gas attack on civilians.

Russia, diplomats said, was hoping to use the time needed to complete the U.N. probe to slow down any push for air strikes.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the inspectors would be leaving Syria on Saturday but would return later to investigate several other alleged poison gas attacks that have taken place in Syria during the country's 2-1/2-year civil war.

"The samples that have been collected will be taken to be analyzed in designated laboratories and th…

Police officer shot dead in Egypt's Sinai

Interior ministry says riot police officer was shot while on patrol in increasingly restive city of El-Arish.

Gunmen have killed a police officer in Egypt's restive Sinai peninsula, according to the interior ministry.

A riot police officer was shot in the chest on Friday while on patrol in the city of El-Arish, the ministry said in a statement released on Saturday.

Attacks against security forces on the peninsula have increased since a July 3 military coup deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Since then, his supporters have been organizing regular protests calling for his return.

Meanwhile, the health ministry raised the toll in Friday's violence to eight people killed and 221 injured, most of them in clashes between Morsi supporters and local residents.

Those killed included two police officers shot in a drive-by shooting which targeted their police station in Cairo.

Violence in Egypt peaked on August 14 when police, backed by snipers and bulldozers, attacked two Muslim Brotherhood-le…

Putin demands US provide Syria attack proof

Russian leader says evidence must be provided to UN and denounces idea that Syria carried out gas attack as "nonsense".

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has demanded that the United States provide any evidence of the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians to the UN Security Council.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Putin told journalists that the proof should be shown to UN inspectors and the Security Council, adding that it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to have used such weapons.

"Syrian government troops are on the offensive and have surrounded the opposition in several regions. In these conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for a military intervention is utter nonsense," Putin told reporters in Vladivostok city near the China border.

Putin's comments came as the US made it clear that it would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a "brutal and flagrant"…

UN weapons inspectors leave Syrian capital

Teams finish gathering evidence of alleged gas attack near Damascus, though UN says sample analysis may take weeks.

UN chemical weapons inspectors, in Syria to probe an alleged poison gas attack that killed hundreds, have left Damascus for Beirut, having completed four days of site visits and evidence-gathering, witnesses and officials say.

The experts departed their hotel in the Syrian capital on Saturday morning, after having carried out a final day of inspections on Friday. The inspectors are seeking to determine what exactly happened in an alleged chemical weapons strike that killed hundreds in the Damascus suburbs on August 21.

The 13 inspectors, led by Ake Sellstrom, were seen loading their luggage into seven UN vehicles before setting off from their hotel, an AFP correspondent said.

The departure of the UN experts has heightened expectations of a possible international military strike against government forces.

UN officials say it may take weeks to analyse the samples gathered and …