Monday, June 10, 2013

Syrian Teen Shot Dead By Islamists For Blasphemy

The Syrian people might have had it bad under Bashar al-Assad's regime, but it will be a million times worse under Islamist rule, if and when that happens, especially for non-Muslims. 

According to an anti-Assad human rights organization based out of Britain- the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights- a 15-year-old street vendor, Mohammad Qataam, was brutally murdered as punishment for blasphemy by Al Qaeda-linked extremists. The boy was shot point blank in the face and throat, while his parents begged for his life. I refuse to post the photo. Just too graphic.

Even though the organization is anti-regime, group head Rami Abdulrahman said:

"The observatory cannot ignore these crimes, which only serve the enemies of the revolution and the enemies of humanity."

Apparently, the teen was selling coffee when he got into an argument with someone. He allegedly said,
"Even if the Prophet Mohammad comes down (from heaven), I will not become a believer."

Someone overheard what the kid said and ratted him out to the Islamists, who are now an amalgamation of Jabhat al-Nusra aka the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq. The rebels then grabbed the boy, kept him overnight, apparently whipped him- since he was found with lash marks on his body- and then dragged him back to his parents.  According to Abdulrahman, who gathered information about the incident from witnesses:

"People gathered around him and a member of the fighting brigade said: 'Generous citizens of Aleppo, disbelieving in God is polytheism and cursing the prophet is a polytheism. Whoever curses even once will be punished like this'."

"He then fired two bullets from an automatic rifle in view of the crowd and in front of the boy's mother and father, and got into a car and left."

It seems the killers might not have been Syrian, but rather foreign fighters.

Ironically, the boy had participated in pro-democracy demonstrations in 2011, and was killed not by the government troops he was protesting, but by rebels who came to allegedly fight for democracy for Syria.

UPDATE:  Slightly different information about how it all went down. The mother has asked the FSA to help track down the boy's killers.

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