updated 23/08/16 to include video
We’ve been sent a link to what looks to be the “Mahmoud Raslan” named in the AP piece as a “photo-journalist for Al-Jazeera Mubasher.” Here’s a screencap of page:
Here he is in a screencap from the video (bottom left & right) wearing a distinctive blue patterned shirt, and again, wearing the same shirt (top left) with some men who very closely resemble the “rebels” filmed tormenting a 12-year old boy before cutting off his head.
And here’s a screen cap from his personal Facebook account
And here he is with some colleagues, hanging out in the usual style of reputable photo-journalists just doin’ their job.
— Walid (@walid970721) August 19, 2016
So, the alleged event the MSM are doing their best to make a catalyst for more Western intervention in Syria, was filmed by friends of al Nusra, and its chief witness seems to be an associate of the worst and most depraved murderers in the region.
Is there any independent confirmation that this video is showing what it claims to show? Do we positively know the little boy was hurt by a bomb and not by any of his handlers?
Maybe those misguided people currently chiding and insulting us for daring to question the video should turn their attention to the real issues here. The boy in the video is fortunately alive. The one beheaded by Mahmoud Raslan’s chums is not. If your outrage is real and not feigned – turn it where it deserves to be.