Syria rebels "beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs" as fears grow over Islamist atrocities

Syria rebels 'beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs' as fears grow over Islamist atrocitiesChristian Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped and beheaded by rebel fighters in northern town of Ras Al-Ayn on the Turkish borderNews came as pro-government forces celebrated their victory against rebels near Aleppo Airport | UPDATED: 00:41 GMT, 31 December 2012 Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs.

Assad"s highest ranking military police officer defects Syrian regime and flees to Turkey

Assad's highest ranking military police officer defects Syrian regime and flees to TurkeyGen. Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal said army has become a 'gang for killing'The defection comes as military pressure builds on the regime from rebel assault He appeared in a video on Al Arabiya TV saying he is joining 'the people’s revolution' | UPDATED: 19:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 The man who heads Syria’s military police has joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime, Maj.

Nearly 200 dead and hundreds injured after Syrian airstrike targets people queuing for bread

Nearly 200 dead and hundreds injured after Syrian airstrike targets people queuing for breadBodies left piled on the streets among rubble and shrapnel latest reports say hundreds were also wounded in the strikeEye-witness videos show the bloodied bodies of women and children killedMore than 100 people were queuing for hours when the air strike occurred Human rights groups accuse military of intentional attacks on civilians | UPDATED: 22:37 GMT, 23 December 2012 Up to 200 people were killed while queuing for bread in Syria yesterday, one of the deadliest air strikes in the country's civil war. Videos showed dozens of blood-stained bodies crumpled in the street among piles of rubble and shrapnel.

U.N. accuses both sides of atrocities in Syrian civil war as foreign mercenaries fuel sectarian fighting destroying the country

Danger UXB: Dud bomb drops in Syrian civil war Fighters have arrived in Syria from 29 countries around the world so far More and more civilians try to arm themselves in 21-month-old conflict Conduct by both sides is 'increasingly in breach of international law' | UPDATED: 07:53 GMT, 21 December 2012 Fighters from 29 countries have so far filtered into Syria to join a civil war split along sectarian lines, a UN report warns. Divisions between the ruling Alawite community and the majority Sunni Muslims have reduced prospects of a reconciliation even if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, the report said. And the influx of foreign fighters raises the risk of the war spilling into neighbouring countries, riven by the same sectarian fault lines.

Syrian rebels unveil "Mad Max-style" home-made tank controlled by Playstation gamepad

Syrian rebels unveil 'Mad Max-style' home-built tank controlled by gamepad from a Sony Playstation Scrapyard vehicle built on the chassis of an old diesel carFeatures five cameras and a remotely controlled machine gunNow heading towards flashpoint city of Aleppo to join rebel offensive | UPDATED: 18:09 GMT, 10 December 2012 It may look like something out of a Mad Max movie, but this home-built tank is the latest weapon in the Syrian rebels' desperate fight against the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Sham II, which was cobbled together from the chassis of an old diesel car and parts salvaged from a junkyard in under a month, uses a controller from a Sony Playstation games console to aim a roof-mounted machine gun. Inside the rusting steel panels a crew of two sit side-by-side in front of flatscreen TV's mounted on the wall.