by Ahmed E. Souaiaia*
|One of ISIL's forms of punishment|
For three years, ISIL and other Syrian fighters have beheaded Syrian troops, security forces, and Sunni, Alawi, Shia, Druze, Christian civilians and in some instances chewed on their internal organs. All in all, nearly 115,000 Syrian were killed on the hands of opposition forces out of the a total of nearly 200,000 casualties. Yet, Turkey and the so-called “Friends of Syria” continue to supply these genocidal fighters with money and weapons. When ISIL killed three Western journalists and an aid worker, Western countries decided to build an international coalition to fight it—in Iraq. This foolish double standard is what enables ISIL and other al-Qaeda off-shoots to recruit more fighters from all over the world, including 100’s of Turkish citizens. Despite the severity of the threat, the anti-ISIL coalition, built out of the “Friends of Syria,” is divided and faces legal and political challenges.