Skip to comments.Syrian Soldiers Massacre 120 in Own Ranks
Posted on 06/06/2011 2:22:27 PM PDT by Nachum
Syrian soldiers are killing other Syrian soldiers in the northern part of the country, according to a source who spoke with Israel National News Monday night on condition of anonymity. The source said the soldiers being massacred were being pursued by their fellow security officers because they had broken ranks and tried to escape to Turkey.
"These are the soldiers who were seeking asylum across the border," the source said. "They were running away, and so the other soldiers surrounded them and slaughtered them."
Syrian state television reported Monday that 120 security officers have been slaughtered in the town of Jisr al-Shughour by "armed groups." According to the BBC, the report said government forces were sent to the town in response to calls for help from residents, and they died in an ambush. Other reports added the soldiers were surrounded by a large group of men armed with machine guns and they died almost instantly when the group opened fire.
International media have been banned from the area and thus it is extremely difficult to confirm any report or to verify any information broadcast on state-run media.
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That’ll help unit cohesion.
Decimation didn't work out in the long run for the Romans.
For those who don't know, decimation as practiced by them was reducing the ranks by 10% to motivate the remaining 90%. Most--myself included until recently--think that decimation meant reducing by 90%--i.e., moving the decimal point one place to the left.
Can’t wait to hear how upset the Russians that complained about Israel shooting rioters are about this.
Coming here to the USA this year. Google Project 60, the sale of Idaho. Saw an article in a Boise online article.
Didnt they line the men up of a particular unit that had lost a battle, and randomly pic one guy and count to ten, then repeat and every tenth guy was killed. At least thats how I heard the Romans did it. Thats where the term “decimation” came from?
I can hear those crickets. A few canines might be able to hear them as well.
The term is also applied in 20th century infantry assaults. As a rule of thumb, the defense has a 3:1 margin over an attacking force and if 10% of either side are killed on the initial assault, the battle is a route.