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Assad Decides to Starve His Enemy Rather Than Use Sarin Gas

As part of an ongoing siege against the rebel-held town of Moadhamiya, Syrian regime forces are reportedly cutting off access to food for the 12,000 people living there. The town, known for its olive orchards, is running low on supplies as Syria heads closer to winter. According to the U.N. report on the August 21 chemical attacks, Moadhamiya was also one of several towns targeted in the gas strikes. 

The Wall Street Journal spoke to a fighter loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who said the following about the town, which is populated mostly by civilians: ”We won’t allow them to be nourished in order to kill us…Let them starve for a bit, surrender and then be put on trial.” According to the unnamed fighter, the country’s army has told his team to make sure no one enters or leaves the town. That’s accomplished, in part, by shooting any fighting-age men he sees approaching the exit to the city. . .

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