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  1. The U.S. news weekly [Time] said it had talked by Skype with the fighter, identified as Khalid al-Hamad, who appeared in a video that sparked outrage and condemnation, including from the Syrian opposition.

    The United States on Tuesday denounced the actions of a Syrian rebel filmed cutting out and eating the organs of a dead soldier, but insisted it was the act of a lone brutal individual.

    Does it surprise anyone that this administration would drag out that trite old “lone actor” excuse ?

    “The National Coalition, the country’s main political opposition grouping, issued a statement saying it “strongly condemns” the act.

    “The Coalition stresses that such an act contradicts the morals of the Syrian people, as well as the values and principles of the Free Syrian Army,” it said.

    “The Syrian Coalition reiterates its condemnation of such an act and stresses that it is a crime, regardless of the perpetrator.

    “The culprit will eventually be tried in court in front of an honest and fair judiciary.”

    Human Rights Watch said condemnation alone was not sufficient.

    “It is not enough for Syria’s opposition to condemn such behavior or blame it on violence by the government,” said Nadim Houry, Middle East deputy director at the New York-based watchdog.

    “The opposition forces need to act firmly to stop such abuses.”

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