"Historic American retreat..."
Two reputable news organizations are giving legitimacy to unverified reports from anti-Assad rebels that the regime is using prisoners as human shields against any Western military action led by Barack Obama, as reported by both the Toronto Sun on Sept. 2, 2013 and the Reuters news service on Sept. 1, 2013.
Commonly known as the Syrian National Coalition, one of the myriad of anti-regime factions officially known as The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, is accusing Syrian President Bashir al-Assad government of placing prisoners at undisclosed tactical sites to foil any cruise missile strikes from Barack Obama's singular nation coalition of military forces.
The French have voiced public support for military action against Assad's government but have yet to deploy forces to the area.
The Istanbul-based Syrian National Coalition also accused Assad of moving military equipment such as Scud missiles and other ordinance as well as troops into civilian-dense urban area schools, university dormitories and various other government buildings.
Seen by many in the diplomatic world as Assad's spokesmen figuratively rubbing Obama's nose in it, have been crowing over what they refer to as a "historic American retreat," mockingly accusing Obama of being inept and leadership-challenged after his delay in a long promised military response to last month's employment of chemical weapons near Damascus, shifting the onus on the US Congress.