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In Darfur, Gen. al-Dabi recruited and armed Arab militias and set the building blocks for the mass killing of black Africans, said Omer Ismail, a Sudan analyst with the Enough Project, an anti-genocide group.
“Out of 340 million Arabs, they could not find one decent person to lead the observer mission?” he said.
About one-third of the more than 5,000 deaths documented by the United Nations in the uprising that started in March have been reported from Homs.
His comments sparked an angry response from the Syrian opposition.
“I wonder if he does not have a much higher threshold than others for what constitutes frightening, given his own baggage,” said Rafif Jouejati, a spokeswoman for the civil resistance movement in Syria.
An Arab League official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Gen. al-Dabi is not wanted by the ICC in connection with war crimes in Darfur, but declined to say whether the accusations would affect the monitors’ mission in Syria.
The Obama administration has called on the Syrian regime to allow unfettered access to the monitors. However, the Arab League team is accompanied by Syrian military minders, deterring many who want to report atrocities committed by the regime’s forces but fear for their safety.
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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