A video alleging to show a militant with Faylaq Al-Sham, one of the United States supported, Turkish backed Free Syrian Army groups, beating a young Syrian boy has leaked online. Watch the uncensored video above.
In the video, a young boy named Ibrahim al-Husseini is seen handcuffed and blindfolded. He is repeatedly assault by a man dressed in military fatigues. According to the Turkish ANHA News, the man carrying out the beating is named Yasir El-off.
The Free Syrian Army was founded in July 2011 as one of the first factions in the burgeoning Syrian Civil War. It was founded by Syrian Armed Forces who turned their backs on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and said that their mission was to see Assad be brought down.
The group eventually took a jihadist turn, and as of 2016 the Free Syrian Army “does not denote any form of coherent organization, but rather has become a promotional label which militia factions in the Syrian Civil War arbitrarily use or reject.”
Faylaq Al-Sham, aka the Sham Legion, is one of these groups that uses the Free Syrian Army name. It “is an alliance of Islamist rebel groups which formed in order to consolidate the strength of moderate Islamists during the Syrian Civil War… some of which were previously affiliated with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.”
However, the US continues to back these sectarian groups in the fight against the Islamic State.
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