State Dept.: Syria Is Getting Rid of Bodies in Crematorium

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The State Department said it believed that about 50 detainees a day are being hanged at Saydnaya military prison, about 45 minutes from Damascus. "Credible sources have believed that numerous bodies have been disposed in mass graves".

Jones explained that while "credible sources have believed that numerous bodies have been disposed in mass graves", a building in the prison complex had been altered, The Daily Mail reported.

The newly released information included a satellite photo of the snow-covered Sednaya complex with an L-shaped building labeled "probable crematorium". The photographs taken over several years, beginning in 2013, do not definitely prove the building is a crematorium, but they show construction consistent with such use.

Jones said the information proves that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to violate global law, intentionally targeting and killing innocent civilians.

The crematorium, he says, was established in Sednaya prison, north of Damascus, where political prisoners are held.

In a shift, the Trump White House suggested it was willing to work not only with Russian Federation but also with Iran to try to end the killing in Syria and advance a political transition if they helped bring an end to Assad's atrocities.

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Then last month, when Assad was again accused of using the banned nerve agent sarin in a strike on his own people, Trump ordered a retaliatory U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. The evidence on the crematorium was assembled through local non-governmental organization groups, intelligence community assessments and press reporting, he said.

A satellite image of Saydnaya prison released by the US State Department. But "I would not say that they mapped out a specific way forward on how to address the issue of Syrian atrocities, or even how to move forward on the Geneva process" on the eve of the next round of yearslong United Nations efforts to bring representatives of Assad and the rebels to the negotiating table due to begin today.

"These atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russian Federation and Iran", Assad's main backers, Jones said.

US President Donald Trump came to office vowing to focus US efforts in Syria on defeating the Islamic State (IS) group and he said he hoped to work with Putin, whose forces are fighting to defend the Syrian government, in this goal.

And he added a warning to President Vladimir Putin's government: "Russia must now, with great urgency, exercise its influence over the Syrian regime to guarantee that horrific violations stop now". "Simply put, the killing, the devastation has gone on for far too long in Syria".

Granted, before the Syrian Civil War, it wasn't crystal clear that Bashir Assad would become one of the globe's bloodiest and most ruthless dictators.