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Syrian rebels tried to get me killed, says Channel 4 correspondent
Guardian ^ | 6/8/12

Posted on 06/08/2012 10:44:57 PM PDT by LibWhacker

Alex Thomson says crew was led to 'free-fire zone' as deaths would discredit Bashar al-Assad's regime

The chief correspondent of Channel 4 News has claimed that Syrian rebels deliberately tried to get him and his crew killed by gunfire from government forces in a bid to discredit the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Alex Thomson alleged a small group from the Free Syrian Army deliberately guided the vehicle in which he and his Channel 4 News colleagues were travelling into what he described as a "free-fire zone" on a blocked road near the city of al-Qusayr, because "dead journos are bad for Damascus".

Thomson said that after being led into a "no man's land" between Syrian army and rebel forces by four men in a black car, his team were fired upon and forced to take evasive action, eventually managing to "floor it back to the road we'd been led in on".

He also claimed that later on the same car of rebels blocked the road between their vehicle and the UN vehicles accompanying them, which he said prompted the UN escort to drive off and abandon them after seeing the Channel 4 team surrounded by "shouting militia". The incident took place last weekend and Thomson is now back in the UK.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: channel4; correspondent; rebels; syrian
Nawww, your good Islamist friends wouldn't do that to you, would they?
1 posted on 06/08/2012 10:45:15 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Im sure its all just a big misunderstanding.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 11:18:11 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: LibWhacker

You mean a bunch of Western-hating Islamists would lie to you? LOL, couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of useful idiots.


3 posted on 06/09/2012 12:21:17 AM PDT by risen_feenix
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To: LibWhacker

...shoulda told ‘em you were with Al Jazeera.


4 posted on 06/09/2012 1:00:16 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: LibWhacker

Surely they were only kidding.


5 posted on 06/09/2012 1:23:59 AM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: LibWhacker

He should have called Hillary Clinton, as she could have told him all about how to dodge gunfire in a war zone.


6 posted on 06/09/2012 5:02:34 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: LibWhacker

I still say if Rachel Corrie had been taken to an Israeli Hospital rather than a Palestinian one, she would probably be alive today. Her injuries did not become life-threatening until she was in the “care” of Palestinian doctors.

It does not pay to mess with people to whom you are worth more dead than alive.


7 posted on 06/09/2012 6:36:09 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: risen_feenix; LibWhacker; Tainan

Thomson is an annoying, self-promoting TV journalist. Bit of a prima donna.

He claimed recently that at a press conference in Glasgow, on a UK-based story, that he had been ‘assaulted and intimidated’ by Scottish journalists. The police in Glasgow investigated it for about, oooh, two minutes and found the assault never happened.

I doubt this incident happened. He has a history of this type of nonsense.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 7:57:41 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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