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Raed Fares, radio host who mocked Assad and colleague Hammoud al-Juneid shot in Syria

BEIRUT – US and British officials fought for the loss of a Syrian anti-government activist and radio giant considered a…

BEIRUT – US and British officials fought for the loss of a Syrian anti-government activist and radio giant considered a “symbol” of the uprising killed with his colleague of unidentified weapons in a rebel area in the north-west, where the government beating on Saturday killed at least five people in violation of ceasefire.

Dozens of Raed Fares and Hammoud al-Juneid’s friends had a wake up Saturday in their hometown of Kafranbel in Idlib Province, while dispersed protests in opposition areas condemned their dead and blamed radical Islamists, of which Fares was a vocal critic.

Dangerous War of Honor and Kafranbel with his humorous English-speaking protest banners who took jabs on his government and the international community’s response to the conflict. He was also a vocal critic of the Islamic militants who won floating when the conflict broke down, and now controls Idlib and his hometown.

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3, Fares released a satirical YouTube video that showed cave men repeatedly killed by men representing Syrian government as men wearing American and European flags idly sit at. “This was how the international community reacted to the genocide committed by Assad against the Syrian people,” wrote Fares.

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That same year, Fares founded the local station Fresh Radio to report the conflict. It was US funded until Washington dropped the finances to the Syrian opposition. The price warned that the move would damage moderately and fuel more extremism.


Activist Raed Fares is depicted in this released photo released by the Syrian anti-government activist Kafranbl News.

Kafranbl News via AP

In a Washington Post poll earlier this year, Fares called on the US to resume financial support for Fresh Radio and write that “the terrorist groups (and the regime) see us as a direct threat”.

Prizes and al-Juneid were buried Friday after a big silent procession where their bodies were hoisted on the shoulder of sorrows and then carried in opened cars embroidered in the Syrian Revolutionary flag.

They “never spoke of telling the truth and maintaining the original values ​​of Revolution,” said Jim Jeffrey and Joel Rayburn, US government heads in charge of Syrian politics. The officials described them in a statement as “patriots” who documented the “crimes of the Syrian government”.

Al-Juneid was a cameraman who worked with Fares.

The British sentimental to Syria, Martin Longden, called their kills a “loss for Syria and its future.”

Fares survived an earlier assassination attempt and was detained by Islamist militant dominers in Idlib.

“He was really the most important pillar in the radio. We owe him to continue the project he started,” said Fares Barakat, a colleague of Fares at Radio Fresh.

At the same time, in the Syrian observatory for human rights and civil defense workers, the government appeals cut a resisting city and beat students as they left their school and killed at least three women and two children. The shelling in Jarjanaz, east of Kafarnbel, violates a fire arrest agreement in place in Idlib since September. The observatory said two others were also killed in the shelling.

A wave of targeted killings and scots inside rebel-based Idlib and surrounding areas has claimed more than 390 lives since April, according to the British-based observatory.

Separately, intense battles still exist between Islamic state militants and the US-led coalition and its partners on the ground in Deir El-Zour Province in southeastern Syria. The US-led coalition described the struggle as “brutal” and accused uses the civilian population as protection.

Omar Abou Leila, a Deir el-Zour display based in Europe, said the intense fighting has shifted dozens of civilians who fled as IS militants expanded their operations and drove out the US military.

The observatory said the militants drove out of Hajin, their central stop in their last pocket near the border with Iraq. 19659002] The US-led offense against IS in Eastern Syria began in September.

Even the Syrian government and the armed opposition sat in a new development under an agreement mediated by Russia and Turkey exchanged prisoners at a crossing in northern Syria, Turkey and the observatory said.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Syrian government and the armed opposition groups “mutually and simultaneously” released an unspecified number of people. It said that the exchange was part of a “pilot project” under the Astana process between Russia and Turkey and Iran to release prisoners, kidnapped, change agencies and search for missing persons.

It also said that the UN participated with the three Astana guarantors. The people were liberated at the Abu Zindeyn crossing in northern Syria on Saturday.

Syrian state media reported that nine men and one woman were released and showed them on a bus in northern Syria, but did not give details about the conditions for their release.

The observatory said the government also released 10 detainees. The identities of those released from both sides were immediately not clear.

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