“How do AFP journalists remain safe while embedded with al-Qaeda terrorists?” asked Afraa Dagher in her report on a terrorist training camp in the al-Zawiyah mountain region of Idlib governate. “They have an uncanny 100% survival rate in passing through terrorist-controlled checkpoints.” Her provocative question led SyriaNews to call upon France and the UN to seize the wire service’s assets, based on France’s 2006 Anti-Terrorism Act and UNSCR 2253 (2015).
We now extend this call to the United States, to seize the assets of Getty Images, Inc., headquartered in Seattle, Washington, which has a partnership relationship to AFP. Journals should also be mindful of not using photographs which demonstrate the photographer to be complicit in the brutalization of a child, for the purpose of enhancing emotional appeal to their viewers.
Recently, after multiple recommendations from this author, The Guardian quietly replaced an atrocious photo for an unobtrusive one. Two photos by Abdulmonam Eassa for AFP / Getty Images were of the same boy whose arm had been torn from his shoulder:
This report begins an ongoing collection of photographic evidence provided by AFP /Getty Images. From time to time, the author may ask some questions regarding the statistical probabilities of very strange coincidences.
Omar Haj Kadour was embedded with the terrorist training camp. His camera is a divining rod, able to lead him to places where bombs and machine guns carry on for hours; where Iranian advisors are slaughtered and Syrian Arab Army soldiers are kidnapped, tortured, and murdered; where weapons grade chlorinated IEDs are flying about; where weapons grade neurotoxins fill the air; where massacres are unleashed; where more excessive chlorination flies about. He has also been nearby when not one, but two military jets have been blown from the skies. He gets quite close to Turkish invaders of Syria and writes for Rudaw, the Ziokurdish medium headquartered in the Kurdistan autonomous region of Erbil — which is in Iraq, not Syria.
He is quite amazing, too, in being the photographer with nine lives, unscathed throughout every horror.
On 5 April 2016, the AFP clairvoyant found himself in Al Iss, Aleppo governate, to witness al-Qaeda’s virgin use of anti-aircraft missile (ground to air bomb) to destroy a Syrian air force jet.
On 7 May, Kadour of AFP happened to be in Khan Touman at the time that terrorists killed 13 Iranian advisors and kidnapped two Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were tortured and then murdered by an armed gang which included at least one member of the White Helmets.
Kadour was at the depot, 19 September 2016, when the Syrian Arab Red Crescent brought 31 lorries of humanitarian goods to Urum al-Kubra in the Sama’an mountain region of Aleppo governate where the convoy and the warehouse was bombed (for more than 3 hours, according to a stethoscope-less member of the Nusra Helmets, used as source for the UN and MSM).
Two photos, with slightly different POV.
By this time, it should come as no surprise that Kadour was in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib,at the time of the 4 April 2017 sarin hoax. Given that dozens of kidnapped children were slaughtered as snuff war porn via forced ingestion of a quick-acting poison, the AFP photographer was in no danger. Neither was the White Helmets gentleman who gathered clumps of unsarin while wearing sandals and a useless surgical (paper) mask.
The AFP guy next found himself and camera in al-Rashidin, Aleppo, where terrorists massacred upwards of 130 Syrians, mostly women and their children, who had been released from captivity in exchange for arrested terrorists.
AFP / Getty Images may have sent Kadour to vacation in Istanbul as his next major psychic event was be in Saraqib, Idlib on 3 February 2018. He was nearby when al-Qaeda shot down a Russian jet with a manpad the State Department insists the US did not provide.
Really, what are the chances of being present for two ground-to-air bombings of military aircraft?! AFP must love this guy!
Given his proximity to the destroyed Russian jet, one might wonder if the AFP dude was the one to take the vicious photo of the martyred Major, Roman Fillipov.
Kador did not have far to go for the next photo shoot. On 4 February, terrorists in Saraqib claimed to have been attacked by those pesky, chlorinated flying IEDs, and the AFP seer provided photographic evidence showing two men in blankets and an oxygen tank, from different POV (by the way, OPCW did not say weapons grade chlorine was used there.).
Yes, he showed up in Douma, too, for the chemical hoax.
Upon leaving Douma, the busy AFP reporter returned to Idlib where he interviewed a crazy father teaching his daughter to put plastic bags over her head. The photos were for AFP, but the interview was for Rudaw.
AFP also happened to be in Qamlishi on 8 September, when separatist, traitor Kurds ambushed members of the Syrian Arab Army military security, slaughtering 13. The AFP photos were uncredited, and showed nothing of the tens of liters of blood in the street.
Seizing these assets is a very good idea.
This author gave unsolicited advice to PressTV and Fars, via Twitter, to consider ejecting AFP from Iran, sharing of damning evidence provided by AFP, itself.
When the breaking news short of the terrorist attack of 13 February 2019 which martyred at least 20 members of the IRGC, author suggested on social media that the first photograph publish would likely come from this source.
Et voila! “Fars News Agency, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.”
Reporting on the 22 September 2018 Ahvaz massacre, NATO media used AFP photos, absurd as they were:
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Khan Touman reported liberated 29 January 2020
Omar Haj Kadour remains AFP’s photographer with countless lives.
He has managed to also survive the most catastrophic regional earthquakes in Syria’s history –