AZAZ/ALEPPO, Syria - Rebel fighter Ahmed
chuckles as he tells the story of the Syrian army sniper who was
captured and executed by rebels, shot dead after a "trial"
conducted at his own graveside.
He says Rami the sniper, firing from a high minaret at the
local mosque, killed many rebels and civilians before he was
seized by fighters from Ahmed's Amr bin al-Aas brigade which
operates around the northern Syrian town of Azaz
"We took him right to his grave and, after hearing the
witnesses' statements, we shot him dead," said Ahmed, who has a
rich, black beard and a broad, easy smile.
The rebels are waging a 17-month uprising against Syrian President
, during which government forces have frequently
been accused of carrying out summary executions and other
violations against fighters and civilians.