A political analyst tells Press TV that Moaz Al-Khatib’s call for dialogue was an obvious sign that the Syrian rebels were afraid that their effort would collapse and they were trying to make a deal. The comments came after foreign-backed militants reportedly suffered heavy losses after clashes with government troops over control of a key highway in Damascus. Syrian Army forces battled the militants on Saturday, one day after they cut off the strategic route near the capital. Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian, to further discuss the issue.
New video footage has surfaced online showing the foreign-sponsored militants in Syria recruiting dozens of children and teenagers. The video, which was posted on the internet recently, shows the commander of a US-backed group in the northern province of Aleppo saying when the children arrive, they are children, but when they leave, they become killing machines. Teenagers are shown being taught how to use assault rifles and other weapons against the Syrian government forces. They are also taught how to disarm enemies by stabbing them or killing them with their bare hands. This is despite the fact that international law prohibits the use of children under 18 in combat and military support operations.
SANA HEADLINES FEBRUARY 9-11, 2013
FSA RECRUIT CHILD SOLDIERS