US names and shames 13 Syrian commanders

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, right, listens during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 at U.N. headquarters. (File photo: AP)

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, named 13 Syrian military commanders she said had been involved in killing and injuring civilians since 2011 through air and ground assaults, and detaining and torturing civilians.

"The United States will not let those who have commanded units involved in these actions hide anonymously behind the facade of the Assad regime," Power told the council.

"Those behind such attacks must know that we and the international community are watching their actions, documenting their abuses, and one day, they will be held accountable," she said.

However, Russian Deputy UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov accused Power of being hypocritical by not naming militants for killing civilians, and criticized her for naming the Syrian military commanders.

"You forgot even about your own golden standard of the presumption of innocence," Safronkov told the Security Council. "This is something that can only be decided by legal proceedings. This is something that is elementary."

Among the names are Brigadier General Suhail al-Hassan, aka al-Nimr (the tiger), Major General Jamil Hassan, head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate and his aide Qusay Mayhoub.

The list also includes Major General Rafiq Shahadah, former head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Major General Adib Salama, the Syrian regime's security commander in Aleppo and Hafez Makhlouf, the former head of intelligence at the General Security Directorate's Damascus branch and the Syrian president's maternal cousin.

Power also named brigadier generals Jawdat Mawas and Abdelsalam Fajr Mahmoud and major generals Taher Khalil, Adnan Holwa, Ibrahim Nahla and Salah Shafiq Masaad.

Among the names are Brigadier General Suhail al-Hassan, aka al-Nimr (the tiger), Major General Jamil Hassan, head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate and his aide Qusay Mayhoub.

The list also includes Major General Rafiq Shahadah, former head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Major General Adib Salama, the Syrian regime's security commander in Aleppo and Hafez Makhlouf, the former head of intelligence at the General Security Directorate's Damascus branch and the Syrian president's maternal cousin.

Power also named brigadier generals Jawdat Mawas and Abdelsalam Fajr Mahmoud and major generals Taher Khalil, Adnan Holwa, Ibrahim Nahla and Salah Shafiq Masaad.

(With Reuters)

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