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Thursday, January 23, 2014

White House slams Syria for possible murders, remains silent on Iran’s aid -- By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller

U.S. President Barack waves goodbye at the end of his year-end news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, December 20, 2013. REUTERS/Larry DowningThe White House cautiously endorsed a new claim from Qatar’s government that Syria’s dictator has ordered the large-scale killing of perhaps 11,000 prisoners on Wednesday, but sought to minimize the impact on its diplomatic outreach to Iran.

The claim of murder is backed up by a database of gruesome photographs taken by a Syrian defector.

“We stand with the rest of the world in horror at these image… and we condemn in the strongest possible terms the actions of the Assad regime,” White House spokesman Jay Carney claimed on Wednesday.

Carney declined to extend his criticism of Syria to Iran, and quickly nominated a different reporter to ask a question about a different subject: “They’re very disturbing images. Let me move around a little bit.  Christie.”

Iran is the chief supporter of Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, providing money, weapons and troops to Assad for his war against a fractured alliance of rebel Muslim groups and foreign jihadis.

But Obama is trying to persuade Iran’s leaders to drop their core idealogical goals, to abandon their Syrian allies and to give up their large-scale program to develop nuclear weapons, in exchange for increase trade and economic growth.

The new report was funded by the monarch of Qatar, who has long supported the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

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