Jebel al-Zawiya, Syria: What does this video show?
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SoonNow, on Foreign Policy.
Hunting Dogs in Jebel al-Zawiya In the Syrian village of Ibleen, Jebel al-Zawiya, Majid al-Khalaf is watching pictures on his cellphone. Photo’s of his father appear on the screen, framed in flowers and hearts as is custom for martyrs. The man is living, and smiling. On the next video though, it is hard to recognize him. He lies on a blanket, with only his feet and his face, swollen and dirty, left. The rest of the body is a bloodied skeleton. Adbullah al-Khalaf, 41, was a good rebel sniper. Two months ago, he was betrayed by one of his cousins. The army captured him, killed him, and dumped his body in the olive groves, where it was eaten by dogs. At that time, the practice was so common that dogs had started to proliferate. Today, they move in pack outside the villages of Jebel al-Zawiya, attacking the livings who have to hunt them down.
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