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Welcome, Chuck
Uri Avnery on why Hagel's nomination is so important
'Forsaken by the West'
Larry Diamond on Obama's Betrayal of Bahrain
Drones Are Fool's Gold
They prolong wars we can't win, says Simon Jenkins
 Obama, Karzai Ambiguous on Troop Levels
Decade hasn't managed to correct Afghanistan's problems
Syria's Rebels Form Secret Police Force
Group styled after regime's feared 'Mukhabarat'
French, EU Troops Invade Mali for Offensive
Hollande: French troops to stay as 'long as necessary'
 Annexing the West Bank
Philip Weiss on Israel's cruel stupidity
The Case of Lynn Stewart
Jacob Hornberger on the criminalization of speech
Will Brennan Increase Syria's Torture?
Pepe Escobar on America's al Qaeda fighters
Syria’s Rebels Form Their Own Secret Police Force
Military Defectors Join Group Styled After Regime's Feared 'Mukhabarat'
by Jason Ditz, January 11, 2013
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Accused of a litany of abuses and “disappearances” of dissidents, Syria’s secret police, the “Mukhabarat,” has a feared reputation and one that has only gotten worse as the nation falls deeper into civil war.
But the Syrian civilians just trying to live their lives and survive this war now have more than one Mukhabarat to worry about, as the Syrian rebels have announced the creation of their own version, styled after the regime’s force, aimed at “protecting the revolution.”
The new secret police are recruited from much the same segment of the population as the existing one, with rebels saying that they are mostly defected spies and military officers.
While rebels are emphasizing their secret police intelligence gathering operations, the rebels’  own sketchy history of human rights violations sets this up as a group that is almost certain to persecute the religious minorities seen as opposed to the rebellion.
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Highlights
Welcome, Chuck
Uri Avnery on why Hagel's nomination is so important
'Forsaken by the West'
Larry Diamond on Obama's Betrayal of Bahrain
Drones Are Fool's Gold
They prolong wars we can't win, says Simon Jenkins
Breaking News
Obama, Karzai Ambiguous on Troop Levels
Decade hasn't managed to correct Afghanistan's problems
Syria's Rebels Form Secret Police Force
Group styled after regime's feared 'Mukhabarat'
French, EU Troops Invade Mali for Offensive
Hollande: French troops to stay as 'long as necessary'