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Kidnapped nuns bond with al-Qa’ida captors: ‘We weren’t harassed at all. They were kind and sweet’




The 13 nuns and three maids crossed the border in the dark, in black cars, flying the black al-Qa’ida flag and driven by masked al-Qa’ida rebels that had held them captive for nearly three months.


Before they went on their way they exchanged pleasantries with the rebels from Jabhat al-Nusra, a rebel group that fights for the creation of an Islamic state in Syria. One nun, who was too weak to walk, was carried to the car by a rebel fighter who covered his face with a black scarf.


The remarkable scene was played out in the early hours of Monday morning, as a deal brokered between extremist rebels and the Syrian government saw the release of 13 nuns captured in December in exchange for the release of 150 female prisoners and four children held by the government. Later, one of the nuns would give a brief account of their time with one of the most feared rebel groups in Syria: “They were kind and sweet.”





But according to the nuns, they were treated well by their captors. The rebel video shows the nuns having good rapport with their captors, smiling and exchanging blessings. An unseen rebel says: “I was so happy to be in communication with you and I hope we can stay in communication, if God decides that. Please say hello to your families for me, and I hope you arrive safely,” he adds as the nuns got into the car.


The Greek Orthodox nuns and their three maids were taken on December 3 following a rebel offensive in the mostly Christian town of Maaloula, where Aramaic is still spoken. They were initially held in the monastery of Mar Thekla in Maaloula, but later moved to Yabroud, a rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border. George Haswani, a local pro-government business man, confirmed they were held at his villa there.




Talking to assembled reporters at the border the nuns said they were treated well, with one nun even describing her captors as “ kind and sweet”. 




“We weren’t harassed at all,” she said. “No one forced us to remove our crosses.” In a video released in December, in which the nuns had already indicated good treatment, they were seen without their religious symbols. It transpired yesterday that removing the crosses was a voluntary decision as it “seemed like the right thing to do”.


The deal almost fell through on Sunday, as the rebels tried to use last minute pressure to bargain. In return for the nun’s release a number of female prisoners were freed from Syrian jails. At the end of the rebel video one could see a throng of women heading towards the rebels, including two young children. They are suspected to be the children of known rebel commanders who had been taken along with their mothers.



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Oh yea man ! Al-Queda are real "sweet boy scouts " !! .  Al Queda are murderers and terrorists .  They do the Syrian Rebels no good . They are there soley to establish a Sharia State , and have themselves killed hundreds of the Syrian rebels .  Since they are a divisive factor in the cause of the Free Syrian Rebels , Aid from other nations has been with held and Assad has benefited from this . And in a recent battle Assad has gotten a strategic advantage and will most  likely  win in this civil war .

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Seems like some gov'ts are looking at the developing situation and thinking "maybe Assad wasn't that bad after all!"

The whole thing is a right royal phuq up.

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Al Qa'ida was created by America. It is true - it is most unlike those trained by America NOT to abuse nuns.

"...Although terribly frightened, Jean carried
on her work. “Things are so much worse, it’s unbelievable,” she wrote to
a friend in May 1980, “People are being killed daily. We just found out
that three people from our area had been taken, tortured, and hacked to
death.” Not too long after that, two of her best friends were murdered
immediately after walking Jean home. She thought about leaving El
Salvador. “I almost could,” she wrote, “except for the children, the
poor, bruised victims of this insanity. Who would care for them? Whose
heart could be so staunch as to favor the reasonable thing in a sea of
their tears and loneliness? Not mine, dear friend, not mine.”

On the evening of December 2, 1980 Jean and
Dorothy drove to Comalapa International Airport to pick up Maura and
Ita, who were arriving from Nicaragua. On the way home the women were
stopped by the National Guard, kidnapped at gunpoint, raped and
executed. Their bodies were left to rot on the side of the road. The
Salvadoran regime claimed that the women had been the victims of a

This was a very convenient lie for the incoming Reagan
administration, which was obligated to prove to Congress that El
Salvador was making progress on human rights as a condition for
continued U.S. aid. Reagan was unburdened by any of the human rights
concerns that his predecessor Jimmy Carter claimed to care so much
about, and the new president turned a blind eye to the most horrendous
abuses as he ramped up military and economic aid to El Salvador.
Secretary of State Alexander Haig even had the audacity to go before
Congress and declare that the four American churchwomen may have been
responsible for their own deaths.


Your tax dollars at work. (photo: Susan Meisalas)

There is now absolutely no doubt as to who is responsible
for this barbaric crime.  There are, of course, the four National
Guardsmen who abducted, raped and murdered the women. Then there’s Major
Lizandro Zepeda Velasco, who planned the operation. There’s Luis
Antonio Colindres Aleman, who gave the actual order to the kill the four
women, and his boss, General Oscar Edgardo Casanova Vejar, commander of
the guard unit at the airport that carried out the attack. Colonel
Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova knew all about the churchwomen killings
and participated in the ensuing cover-up. General Jose Guillermo Garcia
failed to investigate the barbaric murders. All five of these men were
proud graduates of the United States Army School of the Americas, then
located in Panama (it has since been relocated to Ft. Benning, Georgia).
They’d been trained in kidnapping, torture and assassination by the
best and brightest minds of U.S. military and intelligence planning.
Shockingly, Vides Casanova and Garcia would later be rewarded with U.S. residency.

Robert White, U.S. ambassador to El
Salvador when the four churchwomen were murdered, knew right away who
was responsible. “I find it difficult to believe that the U.S.
government did not know there was legitimate reason to believe that
Casanova and Vides Casanova and Garcia were all guilty of either
ordering or covering up the killing,” he said. “That they have been let
off not only with their reputations intact, but with the right of
residence in the United States, does not serve the ends of justice,” he
added. Top Carter officials  knew that American-trained Salvadoran
officers were responsible for the rape and murder of the four American
churchwomen. That’s when President Carter finally cut off military
assistance to El Salvador. But within weeks he resumed aid to the
country’s murderous regime after the guerrillas launched a major
nationwide offensive. So much for human rights.


Bloody Reagan

Once Reagan took over, the aid really
started flowing. The only problem was that the president was required by
law to certify that El Salvador was making progress on human rights.
Without the certification, Congress couldn’t authorize aid. Reagan knew
the full extent of the Salvadoran regime’s brutality, but the new
president was hell-bent on crushing the popular uprising in impoverished
El Salvador that he felt was threatening U.S. commercial and strategic
control over the region.

And so it was that the Reagan folks tried to blame the four slain churchwomen for their own deaths.
Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Alexander
M. Haig, Reagan’s Secretary of State, shamefully attempted to sully the
reputations of the four martyrs while the Reagan administration made
little effort to see justice served. Ambassador White sent a secret
cable to Secretary Haig expressing his dismay. “It is amazing to me that
the [state] Department can state publicly that the investigation of the
nuns’ deaths is proceeding satisfactorily,” he wrote, “This is not
backed up by any reporting from this embassy. I reiterate for the record
that in my judgment there is no sign of any sincere attempt to locate
and punish those responsible for this atrocity.”

Said Congressman Robert G. Torricelli
(D-NJ): “It is now clear that while the Reagan administration was
certifying human rights progress in El Salvador, they knew the terrible
truth that the Salvadoran military was engaged in a widespread campaign
of terror and torture.”

“The Salvadoran military knew that we knew,
and they knew when we covered up the truth, it was a clear signal that,
at a minimum, we tolerated this,” lamented Ambassador White.

The United States would continue to fully
support the brutal Salvadoran government and arm, fund and train its
death squads at the School of the Americas throughout the 1980s. A year
after the four churchwomen were slain, the most horrific massacre in the
Western Hemisphere occurred at El Mozote,
where a thousand innocent children, almost all women, children and the
elderly, were slaughtered by an army unit trained by the United States
and staffed full of officers who graduated from the School of the

i'm glad these nuns were released by their captors. Perhaps this is why the US is still talking aboout "arming and training the rebels". The rebels are simply not bloodthirtsy enough yet?

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