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Yesterday CNN published a report, 'Rebel court fills void amid Syrian civil war', by Ivan Watson about a court which has been established in an opposition controlled part of the city of Aleppo, Syria.

The report was interesing but, as is often the case, it left more questions unanswered than answered. One of which was prompted by this sentence.

"This section is for shabiha, informants, collaborators, spies and homosexuals," said the warden, who asked to be named only Abu Abdo.
I wondered whether this court considers homosexuality to be a crime which is at the same level of severity as spying or collaboration.

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The New York Times also had an article this weekend, 'Jihadists and Secular Activists Clash in Syria', about friction between oppositon groups in Syria.

The tensions had been simmering for months in the northern Syrian town of Saraqib. Civilian antigovernment activists had complained of rebel fighters who needlessly destroyed a milk factory and treated residents disrespectfully. A growing contingent of jihadist fighters from the ideologically extreme and militarily formidable Nusra Front was suspicious of the activists’ secular, nonviolent agenda.

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Originally posted to InAntalya on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM PST.

Also republished by Adalah — A Just Middle East.

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