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Monday, May 25, 2015

Houla Massacre (Syria) {Masterlist}

November 22, 2014
last edits May 21, 2017

Update May 2017: See Five Years of the Houla Massacre Lie

see also dedicated but small and inomplete blogsite: http://taldoutruth.blogspot.com/
This one seemed to deserve its own blog - maybe it didn't quite, but too late now. There's little need to cover it in detail on this site. The base research at A Closer Look On Syria is all linked there as well.

* Houla, May 25: the Turning Point in Syria? The original post here, first-impression commentary and earliest investigation updates to July, 2012. Until the 2017 update, little about this pivotal event was actually included on this main blog for my take on our work (and sometimes Petri's, and maybe someone else's in time).

Note: The Video Record - besides several known witnesses and much logic - supports a victorious rebel attack on Taldou's security posts on May 25. They seem to overrun four of them, and left the fifth one pinned down under attack for hours. See here: white posts, taken in the rebel offensive that day. Orange = contested. Signs say they took the  next two pushing south.
That would give opposition fighters and terrorist allies unprecedented access to the town that evening, and there was also an unprecedented massacre that was to the opposition's immense PR benefit.

Please now re-consider what was ever cited to blame the government and clash with the best-read video record. Mainly, it was the word of alleged witnesses like this.

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