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Channel 4 journalist Alex Thomson says Syria rebels led me into death trap
Daily Telegraph ^ | June 9, 2012 | Daily Telegraph

Posted on 06/10/2012 10:47:42 AM PDT by Zhang Fei

Alex Thomson, chief correspondent for Channel 4 News said the incident happened on Monday in the Syrian town of Qusair, about half an hour's drive from the battered city of Homs.

Thomson said he, his driver, a translator, and two other journalists were trying to return to government lines when their rebel escort led them down what he described as a dead-end in the middle of a "free-fire zone".

"Suddenly four men in a black car beckon us to follow. We move out behind," he recalls.

"We are led another route. Led in fact, straight into a free-fire zone. Told by the Free Syrian Army to follow a road that was blocked off in the middle of no-man's-land.

"At that point there was the crack of a bullet and one of the slower three-point turns I've experienced. We screamed off into the nearest side-street for cover.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: falseflagfreepers; iran; pravda; syria
Sunni Arabs being Sunni Arabs, using the infidel press as a human sacrifice.
1 posted on 06/10/2012 10:47:58 AM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

“Journalists” go into a war zone....get shot at....some get killed....Then they don’t understand why.


2 posted on 06/10/2012 10:54:45 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Zhang Fei

There doesn’t appear to be a ‘good’ side in Syria. I hope we stay out of it!


3 posted on 06/10/2012 11:03:15 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Zhang Fei

Some of those WMDs, hidden in Syria, just may accidentally go BOOM. .....Oh well.


4 posted on 06/10/2012 11:10:33 AM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Zhang Fei

He made it out alive. Not quite the death trap he describes.


5 posted on 06/10/2012 11:11:09 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Zhang Fei

“I’ll take ‘Welcome to the Real World’ for $500, Alex”


6 posted on 06/10/2012 11:16:21 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Zhang Fei
That's OK. Journalists are like Doritos - they'll make more.

If they don't like it, they should stay home and let the arabs knock each other off.

7 posted on 06/10/2012 11:18:30 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Zhang Fei

These idiots have to propose a meme where there are “good guys” on one side, whilst the other side just HAS to be “good guys”.

In MIDEAST REALITY, it’s usually bad guys fighting other, less organized, bad guys.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 11:42:26 AM PDT by Flintlock (THE TRUTH: It's the new hate speech..)
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To: TomasUSMC
Some of those WMDs, hidden in Syria, just may accidentally go BOOM

Many may go HISS.

9 posted on 06/10/2012 11:51:05 AM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

lol
otoh.......Sometimes they go hiss before they go boom.


10 posted on 06/10/2012 12:22:03 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Zhang Fei
Journalists (Liberal Types) have no clue what is happening in any war zone because they have preconceived notions as to who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

They are wrong 100% of the time.

They "Smart" Journalists stay out of such war zones because they "KNOW" you really can't trust either side in a war.

The Journalist that stay home and report on the STUPID JOURNALISTS (remember - they are "liberal journalists") and they report the facts and not suppositions. They live and the others either die, are injured or captured, and (sometimes) they are lucky and get out and report their "almost" ambush and death.

We need to send more of those "Liberal Journalists" to places like Syria, etc so we don't have to listen to them tell us how great Obama is.

11 posted on 06/10/2012 12:41:21 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: Twotone

I hope they all kill as many of each other as possible, women and children included. Nits make lice.


12 posted on 06/10/2012 12:44:08 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Zhang Fei
POST SCRIPT

I know of what I speak as a jeep full of reporters (3 vehicles behind us, had 3 killed and one almost fatally injured. One Aussie, One Canadian, One German and One with the AP (US).

They were unarmed and had "PRESS" written ALL over their Jeep. Windows, doors, rear deck and on their jackets.

WE (on the other hand) were armed to the teeth and made great display of our numerous weapons. (WE) passed the same Viet Cong only moments (less than 10 seconds I would say) and they took out everyone in the "Press" Jeep.

We stopped. Fortunately a few seconds later a couple of Army jeeps with 50 caliber mounted guns and the Saigon Police showed up. We mounted up and continued on and finished our mission without narry a scratch.

13 posted on 06/10/2012 12:55:07 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

Holy cow! Is that a personal anecdote or a war story you read someplace?


14 posted on 06/10/2012 1:01:24 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: libstripper
Nits make lice.

If only they were that insignificant. It's more like lion cubs turn into adult lions. Except it was Sunnis, not lions, who slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Christians and animists in Sudan.

15 posted on 06/10/2012 1:07:10 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: TomasUSMC
Sometimes they go hiss before they go boom.

the sort I was thinking of either go low order boom, before they go hiss, or they just go hiss.

Saddam used them on the Kurds. They are called "Sarin", "Mustard", stuff like that.

I'm not the only one thinking that way either

The same folks are thinking about other BAD THINGS too

16 posted on 06/10/2012 1:08:11 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Zhang Fei

That was a personal anecdote that happened during the height of the TET offensive.

To finish the story of that day - We were out to extract one of our guys who was holed up in a zone where the majority of that days hand to hand fighting was occurring.

The National Police Chief was already on scene when we got to our destination. We went in and found that there were 3 guys pinned down with no weapons. As we came out we heard a “crack” from a pistol just a few yards from us. We all reacted and turned our weapons on the source.

It ended up being the Police Chief and a body dropped to the ground at the same instant I focused on what was happening. The Vietnamese police reacted to us reacting to them. I had met the Chief a couple of times before (3 time actually) and he recognized me and he signaled for his men to lower their guns and I did the same for our guys.

He smiled and pointed at me and said “you number 10 G.I.” which is more or less a back handed compliment.

We got in our Truck with all of our guys and headed back to the base.

It wasn’t until many years later when I saw a copy of the picture on the cover of NewsWeek of the VC being shot did I realize that the guy that was between me and the Chief was a photographer.


17 posted on 06/10/2012 1:47:07 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: Twotone

You are absolutely correct. Syrians are not to be trusted even by blood relatives.


18 posted on 06/10/2012 1:56:45 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: Zhang Fei

Lice are not insignificant. They are lethal disease vectors. They spread the Black Death in the Middle Ages and, later, spread the typhus that killed much of Napoleon’s army in his catastrophic Russian invasion. They are more dangerous, repulsive, and insidious than lions, thus a perfect way to describe Mudslimes.


19 posted on 06/10/2012 3:02:42 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Zhang Fei

Boo hoo,wa wa!! Journalists get the big bucks to report the news with a slant and cry when they’re in harms way. Our guys have been doing it for the last 20+ plus years, many with multiple tours of duty and get paid peanuts.


20 posted on 06/10/2012 3:53:19 PM PDT by kenmcg (How)
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To: El Gato

I am starting to believe that through back channels we are working WITH the Russians to keep Assad in power.....sort of a check against Turkey and the Hezzbolah in Lebanon. Confusing though, since I thought Iran was working with Syria for many years.

Maybe Assad is NOW our bitch, since he knows a Kadafi like death is awaiting him.


21 posted on 06/10/2012 7:29:56 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: jongaltsr
Nguyễn Ngọc Loan called you Number 10 GI, gun barrel still warm, right after the iconic photo? He must have been a hoot to be around. As journo war stories go, that's a doozy. Those were the days, indeed (although the Mary Hopkin song only came out 7 months later).
22 posted on 06/11/2012 6:39:08 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: jongaltsr
Journalists (Liberal Types) have no clue what is happening in any war zone because they have preconceived notions as to who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

They are wrong 100% of the time.

They "Smart" Journalists stay out of such war zones because they "KNOW" you really can't trust either side in a war.

Besides, in the Syrian context, what's a good cause, and what's a bad cause? Each sectarian group has a valid claim on the land in Syria. However, I suspect the Alawites and other ethnic minorities would settle for partition (Hafez Assad's dad petitioned the French for an independent Alawite-majority Latakia), whereas the Sunnis want the whole enchilada under their thumb, after which they will impose the classic Sunni Arab tyranny of the majority, meaning they will rob, kill and otherwise persecute ethnic and religious minorities until they either convert or go into exile. Which is why the long term solution for Syria's ethnic and religious minorities (Christians, Kurd, Druze, Alawites) might simply be for the current regime to persuade large numbers of Sunni Arabs to leave for a place a little more in tune with their totalitarian religious views (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, et al).

23 posted on 06/11/2012 7:03:42 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
You know of whom I speak. Most people wouldn't know him from jack. Nguyễn Ngọc Loan invited me to his house once just to talk. He knew that I was traveling through the Chinese section of Saigon. I always picked up a young Buddhist novice and would have them show me the town I couldn't see on my own. They told me about Buddhism, their temple and lots of interesting sites around town. That was the reason Nguyễn Ngọc Loan contacted me one day in downtown Saigon. He obviously had intel on me from his men. He was interested and concerned at the same time. After (maybe a half hour talk) he took me back to the International Hotel. He always seem a VERY serious "driven" man but behind closed doors he was very open and smiled often. He had (I think? a ?Lambreta? scooter which he drove around town as well as a jeep but I think he liked the scooter more because he could go places with it that a jeep couldn't fit through. Two other times he saw me in various parts of Saigon proper and invited me to lunch at his place. It was quick and friendly which was his style. Heard that he opened a restaurant in San Francisco after the collapse of S Viet Nam. Of course he is dead a long time now. He had to have been 50-60 when I was there and that was (almost 50 years ago). Maybe he just looked old. He had a VERY harsh face until he smiled and I don't think the did that in public often.
24 posted on 06/11/2012 9:10:18 AM PDT by jongaltsr
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