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Dishonesty in Washington: Sen. McCain Says Assad Killed Over 100,000 Syrians!

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On Sunday, September 15, 2013, Sen. John McCain, while on NBC’s Meet the Press, said Bashar al Assad killed over 100,000 Syrians during the conflict with Syrian rebels since 2011. But is that true? Basically, he is claiming that the Syrian rebels have not killed anyone. Let’s see what credible news outlets are saying:

Who Are the Dead in Syria?

        People keep talking about the 100,000 dead thanks to Bashar al-Assad. Pinning down the exact figure and which side they were on is a tricky business.   
Sep 5 2013, 9:30 AM ET

In late July, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon estimated that the death toll in the conflict had reached 100,000. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is sympathetic to the opposition and publishes a daily body count from the fighting in Syria, puts the present number higher.

Reported Agence France-Presse on Sept. 1:

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll since the beginning of the 29-month uprising now stands at 110,371 people, with at least 40,146 civilians killed including nearly 4,000 women and more than 5,800 children.

The group, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground throughout Syria, said 21,850 rebel fighters had also been killed.

On the regime side, the group reported the deaths of at least 27,654 army soldiers, 17,824 pro-regime militia and 171 members of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to battle alongside the Syrian army.

The group counted another 2,726 unidentified people killed in the fighting throughout the war-torn country up until August 31.

There’s some controversy over the way the group counts civilians; their number  probably includes some fraction of civilians who had taken up arms, which is to say, irregular rebel fighters, as well as a mix of pro- and anti-regime civilians. Pro-Assad fighting forces sustained 41 percent of total deaths since the conflict began, according to the Observatory numbers.


A June report in McClatchy provided some context:

There are no official counts of deaths in Syria, and the Observatory’s new statistics are likely to be sharply disputed. Another group, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, which makes no effort to tally government casualties, released a report last Wednesday that claimed that it had documented 83,598 deaths, of which 75,992 were civilians and 7,606 were rebel fighters.

The Observatory, however, is considered the most authoritative source for reports on the daily violence in Syria, and it’s the only group that routinely attempts to categorize deaths according to whether the victims were civilians, rebels or government fighters.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, also based in London and sympathetic to the opposition, now issues a monthly report on deaths, though the last one posted on its website appears to be from June. Its last comprehensive report, “83598 people have been killed since Syria’s uprising against Bashar al-Assad : including 74993 civilians , 8393 of them are children , 7686 women and 2441 tortured to death,” was published in May.


Assad backers reportedly make up 43 percent of dead in Syria


By David Enders  | McClatchy Foreign Staff
By David Enders     

BEIRUT —                  A new count of the dead in Syria by the group that’s considered the most authoritative tracker of violence there has concluded that more than 40 percent were government soldiers and pro-government militia members.


Over 100,000 people killed in Syrian conflict, U.N. says

Thursday, 25 July 2013

More than 100,000 people have now been killed in the Syria civil war, U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday as he appealed for new efforts to convene a peace conference.

The U.N. chief and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters before talks at the U.N. headquarters that there could be no military solution to the 28-month-old conflict.

While Syrian activists say the death toll is well over 100,000, the U.N. had been more cautious. One month ago it said about 93,000 had died.

But on Thursday, Ban said: “More than 100,000 people have been killed, millions of people have either been displaced or become refugees in neighboring countries.”


More than 2,000 killed in Syria since start of Ramadan, NGO says
Thursday, 25 July 2013

At least 2,014 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on July 10, a watchdog said on Thursday.

More than 1,323 of the dead were pro- and anti-regime fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said that the overall “toll has been particularly high in the past four days,” adding that both camps “concealed the real number of dead so the real toll is actually higher.”

The Britain-based Observatory said that 438 army soldiers were killed in Ramadan, and 69 members of the government’s paramilitary National Defense Force were killed.

Meanwhile, 545 civilians who joined the rebels were killed in the Muslim holy month. Thirty of them were soldiers who had defected from the Syrian army, and 241 were foreign and unidentified fighters.

The death toll also included 639 civilians, including 105 children and 99 women, most of whom were killed in army shelling, said the Observatory.

An additional 52 unidentified corpses were accounted for in the Observatory’s toll.

According to the Observatory, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict so far, which began after President Bashar al-Assad’s regime unleashed a brutal crackdown against a March 2011 popular revolt calling for change.

The United Nations estimates that some 5,000 people a month are dying in Syria’s civil war.

(With AFP)


Over 100 people killed in Syria over the last day, report says

The Local Coordination Committees in Syria said the deaths over the last day come amid heavy fighting in and around Damascus, Aleppo and Idlib.

November 16, 2012 19:26

Reuters reported the fighting between forces allied with President Bashar al-Assad and opposition rebels has killed well over 32,000 people since the conflict began.



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September 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

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