1. WAR CRIMES

    10,000 Anti-Assad Activists Killed

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A man reacts as he looks at bodies believed to be those of detainees held and executed by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which were discovered in a hospital in Aleppo that had been an ISIL stronghold before it was captured by rival rebel forces, January 8, 2014. Five days of heavy rebel infighting has shaken the al Qaeda-linked faction, the ISIL, which lost its main base in the northern city of Aleppo to rival rebels on Wednesday, according to a monitoring group. REUTERS/Malek Al Shemali (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY) TEMPLATE OUT - RTX1765U

    Reuters

    Photographs of corpses at a Syrian hospital offer evidence of an industrial-scale campaign against President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents, U.S. investigators say. A hospital in Damascus, called Hospital 601, has processed more than 10,000 emaciated and disfigured bodies between 2011 and mid-2013, mostly of anti-Assad activists. A Syrian military forensic photographer, who defected to the West, turned over photos of the bodies to U.S. law enforcement agencies. American and European investigators concluded that the images were genuine and offered the best evidence to date of an industrial-scale campaign against Assad’s opponents. Though some U.S. officials want to use the photographs to build a war-crimes case against Assad, it is unclear if such a case will ever be brought.

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