Jessamy Nichols, Africa CorrespondentLast Modified: 12:42 p.m. DST, 19 February 2014
International partners worked for months in order to create a plan that would result in Assad ultimately handing over Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons. Although Western countries and Syria-supporting countries like Russia disagreed over many factors, they finally agreed to an agenda that would take away Assad and his troops’ ability to torture and murder civilians by way of chemical weapons.
The process has frustratingly been delayed at several points and Syria still shows signs of missing deadlines, but at least the regime seems to have not used these weapons since the agreement.
However, leave it to the disturbing minds of Assad and his troops to devise another sickening and inhumane way of terrorizing rebels and citizens alike. To target the opposition-held Aleppo, Assad’s troops have crafted barrel bombs that are oil drums packed with explosives and shrapnel, that they then dump out of the back of helicopters which will then destroy several-story buildings and all living things nearby. Their intense destruction has earned them the nickname “barrels of death”.
The use of these barrels of death over the past few weeks has resulted in Aleppo becoming a ghost town, where more and more people flee the city and whole neighborhoods are emptied. This has also increased the number of those in mass exodus out of Syria and into neighboring countries that are bursting at the seams with the influx of refugees.
The latest talks on Syria ended without progress or resolution, even though the sense of urgency mounts every day. Thousands of Syrian children have spent so long fleeing war and seeking refuge that they no longer know what peace and a sense of safety feel like. Their hope for a future is diminishing with every failed stakeholders meeting and with every crime against humanity that Assad is allowed to get away with. Take away his chemical weapons, and he creates aerial “barrels of death.” Unfortunately, this pattern of warfare will not end until conclusive and decisive action is brought down upon the regime.
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- Syria: Why fascism is not lesser of two evils (wyff4.com)
- Syria's Civil War Isn't Hopeless (news.yahoo.com)
- Russia says Syria to meet deadline for moving chemical weapons (news.nationalpost.com)
- Truce or Dare? Assad moves to neutralize capital (altahrir.wordpress.com)
- Kerry says Syria regime is barbaric (skynews.com.au)