1. Behind the Image

    Story of Shocking Syria Photo Revealed

    Image #: 20996995    epa03560334 Locals gather at the banks of a small canal coming from a government-controlled suburb of Aleppo, Syria, to view dozens of bodies of people 29 January 2013. According to unconfirmed reports of eyewitnesses, most bodies had their hands tied behind their backs and had been shot in the head. Eyewitnesses, police and local residents are reported to have claimed the dead had been killed by supporters of Syrian government.  EPA/THOMAS RASSLOFF /LANDOV

    Thomas Rassloff/EPA, via Landov

    Six weeks ago, a photo that will likely go down as one of the Syrian war’s iconic images went viral. It showed the corpses of men in a dried-out river, their hands bound behind their backs, and gunshot wounds in the back of their heads. Now an investigation by The Guardian reveals the story behind the photo—and the 110 men who were massacred before it was taken. The victims were all male and of working age, and all had vanished either in regime areas or on their way to reach regime areas. It is believed that the men were executed in a park about four kilometers upstream from where the bodies were found and the photo taken. Though Syrian officials claimed a terrorist group was behind the massacre, nobody The Guardian interviewed believes that is true.

    Read it at The Guardian