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The Syrian Arab Army is the army of the Syrian state.  On 17 September 2016 <a href=”http://candobetter.net/node/4967″>eighty SAA soldiers were killed</a> in an airstrike by American and Australian forces which did not even have permission to be in Syria. Australia is not at war with Syria.  Here is a personal letter, followed by a statement from Hands off Syria, Sydney. Marlene Obeid declares her shock at hearing of Australia’s participation in the deaths of Syrian soldiers. She asks for an explanation of the Australian government’s condolences, given that Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading Syria.  Tim Anderson, speaking for <a href=”http://www.handsoffsyriasydney.com/”>Hands Off Syria Sydney</a>, asks, “Will the Australian Government hand over to the Syrian authorities or the International Court of Justice those Australians who were accomplices in this atrocity?”

<h2>Letter from Marlene Obeid on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers</h2>

<p>Dear Ms Bishop</p>

<p>I am appalled and shocked to hear that Australia participated in the massacre of at least 80 Syrian soldiers, and in the maiming and wounding of many more in Deir Zour, Syria.</p>

<p>Eighty young man who have been defending their country from a proxy war carried out by terrorists from all over the world have been murdered by Australian invading forces.</p>

<p>Eighty families who will be morning their beloved sons, brothers, fathers and above all patriots who were carrying their duty in defense of their homeland and their compatriots.</p>

<p>Please explain the meaning of condolences when Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading the sovereign Syrian nation.</p>

<p>How is the following Australian Defence Department’s statement going to mend the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the devastation  caused by Australia’s aggression to the sovereign nation of Syria?</p>

<p>[&ldquo;Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation &hellip; Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident &hellip; While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (also known as ISIL).&rdquo;]</p>

<p>A great shame to Australia now using our tax money to join forces with the US in defence of Daesh and every other brand of terrorist targeting the Syrian people.</p>

<p>The pilots who carried out this massacre and those directing the operations of aggression against Syria must be indicted. Reparations must be paid to the Syrian State.</p>

<p>Australia should immediately withdraw from the US-led Coalition and pay compensation to the Syrian State.</p>

<p>With great pain</p>

<p>Marlene Obeid</p>
<p>Glebe NSW 2037, Australia.</p>

<p><strong>The following is a statement by Hands Off Syria Sydney</strong></p>

<p>Sunday 18 September 2016</p>

<h2>Shame on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers.</h2>

<p>Hands Off Syria strongly condemns the massacre of 62 Syrian soldiers by Australian Defence Forces.</p>

<p>Australia’s military has admitted involvement in the US-led bombing raids in Deir eZorr, Syria, which killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.</p>

<p>The Syian soldiers were engaged in defending their country from the ISIS terrorist group.</p>

<p>Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal.</p>

<p>Assertion by the perpetrators ‘sorry, we didn’t mean it’, is completely inadequate. Further, there are many circumstances which suggest the attack was deliberate.</p>

<p><strong>Foreign Minister Julie Bishop must explain two things:</strong></p>

<p>- on what legal basis have any Australian armed forces engaged in bombings on Syrian territory, without an invitation from or coordination with the Syrian Government?</p>

<p>- will the Australian Government hand over to the Syrian authorities or the International Court of Justice those Australians who were accomplices in this atrocity?</p>

<p>- to what extent does the USA share intelligence with Australian Defence Forces, when it asks Australian personnel to become involved in assassinations and bombings?</p>

<p>The Deir eZorr massacre of 17 September 2016 is material for an independent war crimes trial, and these are some of the initial questions Australian officials would have to answer.</p>

<p>The anonymous Defence statement (see below) is insulting in its trivialisation of the first major war crime co-authored by Australian forces in Syria.</p>

<p>Statement from the Australia’s Defence Dept.</p>

<p>&ldquo;Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation &hellip; Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident &hellip; While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (also known as ISIL).&rdquo;</p>

<p>Contact: Dr Tim Anderson.</p>

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