British reporter Anthony Loyd recounts his reaction when he saw his former Syrian “rebel”kidnapper Hakim Abu Jamal, aka Abdel Hakim al-Yaseen and Hakim Anza, celebrating a victory in northern Syria two weeks ago as part of a supposedly CIA-vetted “moderate” rebel group.
In May of 2012, Loyd had been on a three-day trip to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, which had come under fierce aerial bombardment as government forces try to end a long-standing stalemate in the city. Loyd and his photographer, Jack Hill, attempted an escape after a gang of Syrian rebels abducted, tortured, and held them for ransom. Unfortunately for them, they failed.
Loyd claims he will never forget as Hakim Anza, AKA Hakim Abu Jamal, looked into his eyes and shot him twice at point-blank range in the ankle as punishment for fleeing. However, a second attempt proved successful and they fled a second time to Turkey where they were treated at a hospital for their injuries.
Two years later, Loyd saw the man who he would never forget – the man who tortured him. The Times reports that Loyd was watching a video of U.S. President Barack Obama’s“newest ally in the war against ISIS” and saw the face of his kidnapper and torturer. Loyd reveals that the footage highlighted his Muslim kidnapper, Anza, as one of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels which Obama’s CIA claims are vetted as “moderates.”
In the video, which describes sub-commander Anza and the Syrian fighters as a CIA-vetted “moderate” rebel group, the kidnapper was celebrating a victory in northern Syria on August 17.
It was the face of a man I last saw in May 2014 when he leant forward to shoot me twice in the left ankle at almost point-blank.