The government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria is charging that the "foreign-backed" terrorist opposition has escalated its campaign of killings and kidnappings, especially of military personnel and political candidates. It is important to report these opposition crimes because the Anglo-Obama-European warmongers are again declaring the "Annan Plan" to be over, and charging Assad with breaking the ceasefire, bombing cities, and violating the agreement. The charges against Assad, especially those coming from Turkey, are being used to justify a NATO and/or "Friends of Syria" military attack on Syria.
On April 15, the Chinese news agency, Xinhua reported that there has been a "surge" in kidnappings and assassinations by the rebels. Citing Syrian media sources, Xinhua reports:
* On April 14, a candidate for Syria's upcoming parliamentary elections, Mohammad Ismail al-Ahmed, was kidnapped by an "armed terrorist group" in the province of Idlib.
* While the kidnappers of Al-Ahmed have not been identified, Xinhua reports that a rebel group calling itself the "Battalions of Mohammed" recently threatened to kill anyone who might "put himself as a candidate for the forthcoming parliamentary elections." The threats have appeared on YouTube, and the same group also claimed responsibility for the earlier assassination of Lieutenant Colonel Youssef Saqqer in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.
* Also on April 14, another armed group kidnapped Colonel Mohammad Eid in the central province of Hama.
* A prominent cleric, Sayyed Nasser al-Allawi, was also reported to have been assassinated on April 13, in the Damascus suburb of Saida Zeinab. Al-Allawi, born in Syria and with an Afghan origin, was active in providing assistance for families fleeing to the area because of the unrest, the reports said.
* Also on April 13, rebel terrorists killed Major Moussa Youssef in the central province of Hama.
* "Even on Thursday," April 12, when the ceasefire went into effect, officials loyal to the Assad government were killed. These included a brigadier general in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana, a first lieutenant in the northern province of Aleppo, and the secretary of al-Baath Party's office in al-Mazareeb town of the southern Daraa. The same day, dozens of officers were wounded, Xinhua reported.
The information is incomplete, but inasmuch as the U.S. is funding an "information center" to keep track of the allegations of "war crimes ... refugees ... civilian attacks," for the purpose of assembling evidence to be used in cases to be brought before international human rights courts, it is crucial to expose the ongoing violence of the rebel terrorists.
It was announced this weekend that the Obama administration will be releasing funds to the Syrian National Council and Syrian Free Army in Turkey for communications and other "non-lethal" goods. However, at the same time, both China and Russia remain highly engaged in the situation, and the respective diplomats and news services are exposing the violence from both sides in Syria.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on April 14 told Hillary Clinton by telephone that China will continue to support the mediation efforts of the Annan plan.
Meanwhile Russia announced that it will continue to routinely patrol the Eastern Mediterranean.