Syrian rebels behead Christian man

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 |  Ryan Jones

As Western-backed Syrian rebels celebrated victories in cities across the north of the country, they also reportedly took revenge on minorities who had failed to fully side with them against embattled dictator Bashar Assad.

Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, a Syrian nun, told foreign media that in one instance a taxi driver was pulled from his vehicle by rebel fighters and beheaded, his body thrown as food to stray dogs.

The man's crime? His brother had been overhead complaining about the behavior of the rebel forces. Sister Agnes-Mariam says it was that, combined with the fact that the victim, Andrei Arbashe, was a Christian that made him a target for the rebels.

Sister Agnes-Mariam fled Syria over the summer after being warned that the rebels intended to abduct her. Since then, she has been speaking out over the atrocities committed by Syrian rebels, atrocities that are being all but ignored by the mainstream media and the Western governments supporting the Free Syria Army and its satellite groups.

"The uprising has been hijacked by Islamist mercenaries who are more interested in fighting a holy war than in changing the government," she recently told The Sunday Times, adding, "Christians are paying a high price."

In another interview, Sister Agnes-Mariam noted that many of the rebel fighters are being imported from outside Syria and told that they are battling against Israeli/Zionist forces, thereby igniting their fervor to kill everything in their path.

There have also been threats by rebel leaders that once they are finished toppling the Syrian regime, they plan to turn their forces loose on Israel.

Sister Agnes-Mariam said she was not necessarily advocating in favor or Assad, but insisted that if the radical Muslim rebel forces succeed in taking over, there will be no future for Christians in Syria.

Israel Today reported in our print magazine earlier this year that most minority groups in Syria actually prefer Assad, for all his faults, to the supposedly pro-democracy rebels. Assad himself is from a minority group, and his regime has for the most part protected minority rights.

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