UN Human Rights Panel Says Jihadists, Iran Fighting in Syria: War Crimes on Rise - 23000 Killed
Foreign extremists are escalating the conflict in Syria according to a UN commission investigating human rights abuses in the country. The panel's chairman Paulo Pinheiro reported that Jihadist militants are pushing anti-government fighters towards more radical positions and that Syrian President Bashar Assad has also been receiving foreign help from Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Pinheiro said that government forces and allied militias had committed more serious war crimes and human rights violations than the rebels, highlighting daily indiscriminate attacks on civilians. The UN panel also said it has drawn up a list of Syrians and Syrian military units suspected of committing war crimes who should face criminal prosecution. Activists say at least 23000 people have been killed in Syria over the past 18 months.