About that Wacky “Syrian Uterus Sniper” Story


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Both sides in the Syrian Civil War are producing industrial strength amounts of propaganda, including fake photos, audio and videos. It’s why I rarely post the usual atrocity stories from the war.

The latest one is about Syrian snipers targeting pregnant women. Apparently they’re so good that they can hit the baby inside a pregnant woman in the head.

ITV News recently filmed Dr. David Nott, a British surgeon who is on a volunteer stint in the war-torn country. Nott, who has worked for two decades in war zones, reported seeing some unusual patterns emerge among the victims coming into his hospital.

“One day we’d have pregnant women being brought in with gunshot wounds to the uterus. Not just one or two, but seven or eight, which meant to me they (the snipers) must be targeting pregnant women,” he told ITV.

Where were they getting all these pregnant women in a single day?

Now there are precedents for atrocities like these. The Japanese were targeting pregnant women in China. They were holding shooting contests for hitting women in general.

The combination of the two is another story considering that Dr. Nott, like the rest of his Doctors Without Borders colleagues, works in rebel-held territory.

So there are Syrian snipers entering rebel held territory at great risk just to shoot pregnant women. And apparently in great numbers.

Maybe it’s true, but the story sounds a bit fishy to me. And Dr. Nott, who keeps being dubbed “The Indiana Jones of Surgery” and traveling to trouble spots and coming away with incredible stories, does have a certain undeniable gift for self-promotion.

Doctors Without Borders is operating in rebel held territory, which means that they are, for all intents and purposes, allied with the Sunni rebels. So it’s not surprising that Dr. Nott isn’t bringing out any stories about Syrian rebel atrocities. And as bad as Assad is, there clearly have been more individual atrocities on the “rebel” side.

DWB appears to have been treating rebel fighters and it’s hard to view them as disinterested parties.  It’s a political organization. And Dr. Nott is a medical celebrity and it’s hard to dismiss the notion that at least some of that celebrity is self-created.

Maybe all this happened. Maybe it was staged by the Syrian rebels. Maybe none of it happened. But the story gets even wackier.

Mr Nott revealed he’d heard how snipers were “winning packets of cigarettes for hitting the correct number of targets”.

He described how locals believe the gunmen are mercenaries from China and Azerbaijan, working for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

So Chinese mercenaries killing pregnant women for cigarettes. Apparently they don’t have cigarettes in China.

  • Biff Henderson

    fasad ["corruption/mischief"] Expression of disbelief of Islam #1 sin.

    fasad [faked atrocities serve Allah's deen] Expression of disbelief by the kuffar.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Both sides in the Syrian Civil War are producing industrial strength amounts of propaganda, including fake photos, audio and videos.

    Muslim propaganda, i.e., taqiyya, is in effect really stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad. Where would the jihad being perpetually waged against the Jewish infidels in Israel be without the enormous amounts of derogatory propaganda directed at Israel that is generated by the Islamic world? Indeed, in many respects stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad relative to violent jihad is far more effective and detrimental to the enemies of Islam. I mean look at how many delusional leftists come here to vilify and demonize Israel based on the idiotic taqiyya they have so foolishly swallowed. Indeed, Muslims are being allowed to migrate to America in mass today because the useful idiots that comprise both major political parties in America today have swallowed taqiyya by the gallons generated by the Islamic world.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    So Chinese mercenaries killing pregnant women for cigarettes. Apparently they don’t have cigarettes in China.

    Talk about walking a mile for a camel!

    • Hass

      Muslimes walk miles for camels.

  • jakespoon

    I knew it was a fake story when I saw the picture of the x-ray with the fetus in the womb with a slug in it’s head. No entry wound,they always leave a trail on the x-ray. I’ve seen several,and that one was too pat.

  • Hass

    Not just one or two, but seven or eight, which meant to me they (the snipers) must be targeting pregnant women,”

    Snipers need 7 to 8 shots to make a kill?

    • Ed

      I was going to write that he meant 7 or 8 pregnant women a day were being shot in war zone, but that statement does not make much sense.

      Could his operating room see that many pregnant women in a day? I mean are that many pregnant women running around in a war zone? Sure in all of Syria there are 7 or 8 pregnant women. But are there 7 or 8 in the local area shot by snipers, who just happen to wander around in the open waiting to get shot?

      This story no longer makes sense. It is analogous to a person looking into harm or kill bear cubs in the vicinity of the MAMA bear without dealing with MAMA bear first and expecting to have a good outcome. People just do not do that.

      You have to wander if the story could be made up as is suggested or if the Doctor is complicit. That is captured pregnant women of the wrong ethnicity are captured and shot several times so that an “atrocity” can be documented.

  • bob e

    is this guy related to Dr. No…???