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Beaten and shot in Syria

July 2nd, 2014
06:52 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

"I was marched up to him and I said to him - because I didn't have anything else to say - 'I thought we were friends.' And he pulled his pistol and shot me."

This is reporting in Syria.

With the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria threatening Baghdad and continuing its brutal fight in Syria, few people know the extremist groups of the region like Anthony Loyd, who has been on more than a dozen reporting trips to Syria since the war began.

On his latest such venture, in May, he was double-crossed by a man he considered his friend.

"This was a guy and his gang who I've known for over two years and stayed with on several occasions," Loyd told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Hakim, he said, was a midlevel commander in a small town - someone who had always treated him "with great decency and hospitality, as befitting a Muslim host in the Middle East."

"I stopped by his house on the way out of Syria - I'd been working for a week in Aleppo - primarily to pay my respects to the birth of his last child, his daughter."

"We stayed at his house - I was with Times (of London) photographer Jack Hill - and we had supper. We stayed overnight. The next morning, we left, having had breakfast, and said goodbye. And he set us up to be abducted."

'He sort of almost had to shut me up'

Loyd and his three companions - two Syrians and a Brit - were able to escape from their captors. Two of them, including Loyd, were recaptured.

"I was beaten and I was dragged into the street. I was tied up throughout this, my hands were bound. And there in the middle of the street was Hakim."

"It was quite a crowd of Syrians who'd gathered. And he was denouncing me first as a CIA spy, then a spy for the regime. Then he was trying to say I was a volunteer to join ISIS."

It was then, in front of the crowd of Syrian civilians, that Loyd said to Hakim, "I thought we were friends."

"It was a moment he couldn't really bear. There were a lot of people who were looking at him quite questioningly, like they weren't completely believing what he said."

"And then this, you know, beaten and bloodied Englishman, with his hands tied, gets marched up and says, 'I thought we were friends.' It was not the words of an ISIS volunteer or a CIA spy or whatever."

"And he sort of almost had to shut me up. So he pulled his gun and he shot me twice in the ankle."

In the moment, Loyd told Amanpour, the "event horizon" was so short that he had little time to think about what had happened. (Loyd escaped later in the day he was captured.)

On reflection, he said, war is "at best" little more than a "criminal event."

"Its passage erodes people's integrity. I think that's what had happened."

"I think also it's very fair to say that as time has gone by, most Syrians or many Syrians regard Western journalists as embodying the cynicism of the West's inaction in Syria. We come - the few of us who still go there - we report; we take photographs; we film their suffering. And nothing changes."

A call to arm moderate rebels

Loyd may have been the victim of Syria's rebels, but he nonetheless thinks that arming the moderate among them is the "least worst option" in defeating ISIS and changing the tide in Syria's 3-year-old war, as he wrote in the Times of London on Tuesday.

"ISIS are an inevitable consequence. There's no magic or mystery to their ascent. It's like an algebraic equation. That amount of savagery, over that amount of time, in that place, left unchecked will inevitably produce something like ISIS."

"Arming the opposition is not an ideal scenario, but I think it's very important to block and contain the spread of ISIS."

Recent history, he said, proves that defeating ISIS is eminently achievable.

"One of those recent examples is 2005 to 2009 in Iraq - the awakening movement. This was the Sunni tribal movement, backed by American money, and coordinated admittedly with American troops, which almost annihilated ISIS."

"Now we have a similar template in Syria amongst the many Syrian rebel groups who turned on ISIS earlier this year and drove them out from large areas of the north."

"And these are people who now it is time to help contain, to get alongside, to help contain ISIS - not all of them; some of those groups are completely unacceptable. But there are some, one can best and understand in general terms to be moderate."

So what is next for Loyd, after he makes a full recovery?

"In principle, I'd go back - I would go back to Syria. In practice, there's a few reasons maybe to leave Syria alone for a while for me."

"But I'll go back to my job as before. The worst I'll end up with is to be lame in one leg, which is totally manageable, and I'm hoping for a full recovery."


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  1. Ogmioski

    I also found out the hard way that it is foolish to trust them. In my case, I found out before I was shot.

    July 2, 2014 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • LDR

      So much for loyalty in Islamic cultures.

      July 2, 2014 at 10:29 am | Reply
      • Duane

        Loyd, Hikam was your friend. He was placed in a very difficult position and because he associated with you a westerner his reputation and life was in danger. He could have killed you as a sign of his loyalty to the organization he was a part of. Instead, he inflicted a non life threatening wound. He's your friend.

        July 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm |
      • teu

        tell that to geronimo and the rest of the natives who got duped by uncle sam.

        July 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
      • puckles

        HAHAHA So much for loyalty in ANY culture nowadays. The only one I trust to be loyal is my dog.

        July 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm |
    • leon

      you can not trust a Muslim 40 years after he died.....

      July 2, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • duvenstedter

      "You knew what I was."

      July 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  2. Lt. Dane

    There is no "comment", for stupidity!

    July 2, 2014 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • Just a Gem

      Grow up, pansy. People such as yourself are so annoying.

      July 2, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply
  3. James Sudyk

    Why is the print on your stories so small? It takes too much effort to read them.

    July 2, 2014 at 7:54 am | Reply
    • Keith

      Try using ctrl -+ on your couputer to enlarge the font size.

      July 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • Retired Army Major

        Exactly!

        July 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm |
  4. B

    Sometimes bravery is taken for stupidity. And sometimes stupidity is taken for bravery.

    July 2, 2014 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • Retired Army Major

      Sometimes????

      July 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  5. Total2199

    "Loyd may have been the victim of Syria's rebels, but he nonetheless thinks that arming the moderate among them is the "least worst option" in defeating ISIS and changing the tide in Syria's 3-year-old war, as he wrote in the Times of London on Tuesday".

    Thus foolish foreign policy failed once already in Afghanistan, resulting in creation of Al-Quaeda and it will fail in Syria

    July 2, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • Henry Alianel

      Our recurrent failed foreign policy is always about choosing the lesser of two evils. We armed the Afghans so they could fight-off the Russians and a decade later, after they expelled the Russians, they came after us with the very weapons we had supplied them . We keep making the same mistake of minding what is not our concern and in the end, getting our a-sses kicked and hated by the entire world.

      July 2, 2014 at 11:19 am | Reply
      • D Duck

        But who were (are) the greater threat – the Soviets or Al Qaeda.

        The Soviets of course.

        So defeating them was a victory for the US and West.

        There were unintended consequences to that but Al Qaeda have never realistically threatened the very existence of Western Democracy. They are more an irritation to our everyday (Western) lives.

        July 2, 2014 at 11:33 am |
      • Retired Army Major

        Henry,

        The Taliban was never a threat to us.....and they never actually attacked us until we invaded Afghanistan.

        July 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm |
    • H. B .

      Loyd's mistake was in thinking Muslims CAN be moderates at all.

      July 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
      • nordinzakaria

        Here we go... yet another overgeneralization..
        how many Muslims have u personally known?

        July 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm |
  6. Jimbobelroy

    Yes, sounds about right. Arabs have amazing hospitality. Right up until they slit your throat.

    July 2, 2014 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • Lala Malan

      Thát sounds about correct!

      July 2, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
  7. Lala Malan

    SOMETIMES IT IS YOUR JOB THAT TAKES YOU INTO STUPID SITUATIONS.

    July 2, 2014 at 8:42 am | Reply
  8. Jay

    They call it "AL-Taqqiya". Befriend and betray. It is sanctioned in the "Holy" Quran when dealing with non-Muslims.

    July 2, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • Yaaalif

      No way...never in d Quran....get your facts correct

      July 2, 2014 at 10:16 am | Reply
      • LDR

        Yeah, like I trust your answer.

        July 2, 2014 at 10:31 am |
  9. Farrok

    If the slightest shadow of mistrust is detected in you in the current situation in the Middle East you will be shot. Stay out of the place. The Muslim of the World have been enraged by false Wars, lies and double dealing by the Western Powers. The whole situation is a recipe for WWIII.

    July 2, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • H. B .

      The first World War isn't recorded in the history books. It began 1400 years ago, when Islam's Muslim believers, through their "prophet," declared war on the rest of the whole human race.

      Maybe it should be called World War Zero. And it's still going on.

      And only now, with the aid of the internet, and with the mushrooming violence of Muslims, we're beginning to get a wee glimpse of what that means to us. It isn't new, and nothing about their war on us has changed, except that there are more Muslims, more efficient ways to kill, and the fighting can be carried on anywhere because of the ease of global transport.

      This is how Islam has BEEN, from the very beginning. And how it always WILL BE, where we are concerned.

      Of course, if Farrok is a Muslim, he'll either deny that or not respond. Doesn't matter. Any of US can learn how true it is by studying Islam\s OWN holy texts.

      July 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  10. Nonmoderate Muslim

    "don't take jews and christians as friend" holy quran 5:51

    July 2, 2014 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • Delilah24

      a Muslim is allowed to lie, rape, cheat, etc. etc to anyone considered an infidel, which means anyone not of their faith. that is a fact of their life. so do not be surprise if you are shot, beaten up, knifed by a Muslim, that is the strength of friendship with one. if you are useful, then you live if you are not, then Oh well. So do not pretend otherwise. Reporters tend to think of themselves as untouchable and are always surprised when they find out differently. if you step in to a snake pit do not be surprised if you are bit.

      July 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • Robert619

      Sounds a lot like the Bible:

      Chronicles 15:13
      That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

      July 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
      • H. B .

        Yeah, but do you see any Jews or Christians following that junk? Nor will you. The junk has been acknowledged as junk and is ignored. Except by Muslims, who try to make an issue of a non-issue.

        July 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm |
    • H. B .

      Thanks for the reminder. We, in the free world, have trouble comprehending how a religion can tell you who your friends can and cannot be.

      We also have trouble comprehending the unending patience of Muslims, who wait patiently, for many generations, for the manifest destiny of global conquest to play out – a destiny they, themselves, won't live to experience.

      That total conquest may be achieved by Muslims in ANY way they choose, and one of those ways is to feign friendship for infidels, in order to make use of them. But, being infidels, they all deserve to be slaughtered, so when their usefulness is no longer needed, it's just fine to kill them.

      To Muslims, true betrayal occurs when one Muslim betrays another. Where an infidel is involved, nothing qualifies as a betrayal.

      This gentleman, Loyd, learned that the hard way. As time goes on, and as Muslims become more and more warlike, more of US will learn this the hard way, too.

      There are no moderate Muslims. It's a contradiction in terms. You cannot have a Muslim friend. You either have a friend who is not a real Muslim, or you know a Muslim who is pretending to be your friend.

      There can be moderates, even in religions that are running amok with violence. But NOT in Islam.

      If you can wrap your mind around the reality of what an "absolutist" belief system is, you're on your way to comprehending Islam.

      A moderate is someone who can cherry-pick from among his religion's attributes. It is done often in most religions.

      Not in Islam. NEVER in Islam. One who really does cherry-pick is a false Muslim, who deserves to be killed. Infidels are not as bad as false Muslims. They only deserve to be killed. False Muslims deserve lengthy torture first.

      Loyd had better grasp the meaning of what happened to him, or he'll let it happen again. Next time, he may not get away.

      We who are parents, fully understand the intense power of peer pressure on our kids. When you take that to an ultimate level of intensity, you have something like Islam – a peer group carved in stone by religion. The "Ummah" is their name for this peer group. It includes every Muslim on the planet. (Excluding, of course, those Muslims in "other sects," who are false Muslims.) The Ummah is like a "peer group from hell." Muslims may, or may not, have national patriotism where they live, but the Ummah supersedes everything.

      And people in the Ummah can not only pretend to be your friend, but they can lie like rugs to you, too. Dishonesty is a virtue in Islam.

      All this is so entirely ALIEN to us that we keep trying to figure out Muslims using our OWN value systems, and it fails, every time. We can contemplate lying and betrayal, but NOT when they are codified and thoroughly approved by a god.

      July 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  11. bang bong

    They are like animals !

    July 2, 2014 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • Henry Alianel

      Hey, don't insult the poor animals!

      July 2, 2014 at 11:20 am | Reply
  12. roccop777

    Mr. Lloyd you really need to read the Hadithe which give us a record of the historicial Mohammad. For instance in Bukhari :: Book 5 :: Volume 59 :: Hadith 369 it describes how Mohammed tells his henchmen to murder Ka'b bin al-Ashraf. He gives them to permission to lie in order to gain his confidence so that they can stab this unarmed, trusting old man in the back in his own house! Treachery is in the very DNA of the system called Islam, because Mohammad prescribed it - and every thing Mohammad did is considered "Sunnah" pleasing to Allah and worthy of imitation. I find it amazing that you spent so much time in islamic countries and haven't figured that out yet!

    July 2, 2014 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • H. B .

      I'd cut the guy a little slack, though. As I've said before, the attributes (I can't call them values) of Islam are so totally alien to us that even if we know them in our heads, we do not truly encompass the full truth of them in the real world. When people are nice and hospitable to us, we presume their sincerity, unless we already had a reason to doubt it.

      Muslims have a great capacity for friendship and hospitality, but it is only sincere when given to other Muslims. They can put on the same act for people like us, and we may not even see hints of it. Until, as you said, the stiletto has slid between your ribs. Remember Glasgow? Those doctors had lived in Scotland for DECADES, and had earned great respect and many friends. Until they decided it was time to jihad. These were not aberrant Muslims. They can be very patient, and very duplicitous for many years, and then become jihadis in a moment. Just like Loyd's friend did.

      To them, it's justified. To them, only Muslims are human. We infidels are not. So killing us is no more morally wrong than slaughtering a cow. Only they don't eat us. Well...usually they don't.

      Our cultures give us no ability to fully comprehend this kind of thinking, so we are often misled by it. We have no cultural or religious touchstones that can dovetail with theirs. Slowly, though, I think the public is really starting to catch on. It's hard to do, because it is so completely alien to us, but people ARE beginning to do so, finally.

      I think it won't be long until the public has "had enough, forever" of Islam. And therefore, of Muslims. Let's just hope that they don't, themselves, express it violently. That'd backfire. But we can systematically return all Muslims to Islamic States, where they can be truly HAPPY. They can't be so in our cultures, which are obscene and blasphemous to them. So we'd be relieving their suffering.

      July 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
      • Chip

        I enjoyed reading your comment and I agree with you 100%. Its going to be interesting in the short term to observe where all this leads.

        July 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
  13. frankyeo92

    the only good one are the dead ones.

    July 2, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply
  14. ahmed abdalla

    So you arm Syrian rebels and discover you have strengthened fundamentalists and suicide killers always saying that you could tell moderates from fanatics and when you prove wrong you arm so called moderates in the hope that they will defeat ISIS and Alasad .What a mess!

    July 2, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply
  15. JEWISH MEDIA = CNN

    Rebels = Al Qaeda.

    Wake up dumb people.
    CNN doesn't want to report the obvious.

    July 2, 2014 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • LDR

      The only obvious thing in your post is your racist, antisemitic predjucial bent. Shmuck.

      July 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  16. Muslim

    he thought he was a CIA spy
    he thought he was a gov spy
    he thought he was a an ISIS volunteer
    this is clear that the guy who shot him isn't ISIS member

    July 2, 2014 at 10:25 am | Reply
  17. Homer

    It is unbelievable how naive Western reporters and journalists are. They
    deal with jihadists without knowing a single thing about islam. Here are two verses from the Qur'an that Loyd should have known:
    5.51 "O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk."
    48.29 "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves."

    July 2, 2014 at 10:27 am | Reply
  18. joe

    MUSLIMS CANNOT be TRUSTED.. PERIOD..

    July 2, 2014 at 10:37 am | Reply
  19. Richard

    Let me get this straight. This guy had no clue that the person who shot him, a person he said was a friend, was Islamic???? You have to have the brains of a gnat to trust ANYONE who is Islamic. They value murder, rape, slavry, torture as much as American value Sunday School, picnics, watching football and going to the park

    July 2, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
  20. a muslim

    To all the stupid Islam haters and liars here,

    This reporter is stupid, by saying I thought we were friends he put the man life in danger and he had to prove he is not his friend because reporters are spies suspects now, and he had to shoot him to save his life. But he did not kill him.

    July 2, 2014 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • LDR

      Oh. Of course. THAT makes perfect sense now. Thanks for explaining it to us. He should have sent flowers and a card, "Thanks for only crippling me." and you really think this is a civilized religion/society?

      July 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • Robert619

      I agree, the man was being exposed as having friendly dealings with a suspected enemy. He had to demonstrate his loyalty to the group or face serious consequences himself. The journalist was being naive in believing that his status as a western journalist allowed him to move about between warring factions with complete immunity.

      July 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Reply
      • H. B .

        He may have known his "friends" were Muslims, but his injury was a direct result of not knowing much about Islam itself. He WAS naive, maximally. But who made him that way? Political correctness. That whole "peace and tolerance" litany.

        Muslims CAN be very peaceful and very tolerant. To other Muslims. NEVER for real to any non-Muslim. Mr. Loyd didn't have a clue about that, and I don't think he fully understands that, even now. Which is why I'd be very fearful for him if he ever tries something like being friends with ANY Muslims, again.

        Islam is a clique – on the grandest of scales. Membership is extremely exclusive, only for believers. If you convert, that's fine, you're in the clique now. If you don't, you're an enemy of the whole clique. One whom they can morally kill at any time it suits them. It doesn't matter a hair to them whether you are offering them genuine friendship or not. They have no way of valuing that at all, except that it does allow them to USE that friendship. They can only genuinely value your friendship if you convert.

        Islam is a clique – with a license to kill.

        July 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm |
  21. boo

    Never trust a Muslim...good or bad.

    July 2, 2014 at 10:56 am | Reply
  22. knbizz

    In the Quran it is written: do not make friends with Christian (idem Jew). So if Mr. Krever (name that can not be found in the Quran, so not muslim), thinks that he was his friend he should be unilateratured or very naive to trust his intuition. The bad thing is that the most decision makers are of the same kind.

    July 2, 2014 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • LDR

      unilateratured is not a word.

      July 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  23. grimreaper360

    when I read this I instantly thought of the rap song from chris brown whose lyrics say, "these hoes aint loyal"

    July 2, 2014 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Milena

      Love it, those hoes ain't loyal. Best summation ever. Thanks for the laugh.

      July 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  24. Greg

    If your not a Muslim you are fair game for anything. You are considered an animal and unworthy of any consideration according to the Koran.

    You should have known this would happen if you had any experience with Muslim culture.

    July 2, 2014 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • Keith

      Islam isn't even a culture, it's a sub-culture unworthy of anyone's trust.

      July 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • H. B .

        Even an unworthy sub-culture, if there are 1.5 BILLION of them, can't exactly be ignored. Especially when their collective goal is global conquests, and they're busily going about their business. The active conquerors aren't the only ones jihading, though. They need support groups, those other Muslims, whom we're told are the "VAST majority of Muslims" who are peaceful and tolerant. And we actually believe it! Even when we never hear a peep out of them against the terrorists or the atrocities they commit.

        Being Muslim means you MUST participate, somehow, in the global conquest. Or ELSE.

        July 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm |
  25. Greenspam

    I can understand what happened. It was possible that Hakim was forced by his higher-up to do what he did or he would face the consequence himself. And then the public display – it's a psychological game. That's how tormentors were able to break friendships by having friend against friend. In a situation like that, if Hakim had behaved differently, he would be denounced also as an ISIS spy and he would suffer the same fate as Lloyd.

    July 2, 2014 at 11:10 am | Reply
  26. Lee Juriet

    no offense, but you were in a CIVIL WAR. A RELIGIOUS CIVIL WAR. In that situation, you trust NOONE from the area you are staying, because you can never be sure of exactly what is going down, what someone might have ordered with regards to foreigners- ESPECIALLY Westerners- or other causes. At the very least, I would have had at least 2, if not more guards with me, preferably someone vetted or with a reputable PMC; believe it or not, there IS such a thing, and there is more than a few that deal with situations in the Middle East with regards to VIP protection.

    July 2, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • H. B .

      Islam is extremely absolutist. But even in the Islamic world, there are bound to be Muslims who think Islam is a total crock. As long as they live among Muslims, though, they dare not let anyone find out. It'd be a death warrant. Nobody can know how many such people exist in the Mideast. Finding even one would be a major undertaking, but probably can be done. But only by people who thoroughly understand Islam. Otherwise, they could choose a sympathetic "operative" who is anything BUT sympathetic.

      It's different for Muslims who live in the free world. While it would be difficult to kill someone who renounced Islam, it isn't illegal in the West, but living there is no guarantee he wouldn't be killed. Just not nearly as likely. So Muslims in the free world CAN, and DO, renounce Islam. But probably there are still many who don't dare.

      July 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  27. yoda0000

    Bringing down Assad was not worth this war.

    July 2, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
  28. nice story but

    This is reporting divulging the fact a war zone mid level leader is busy procreating while killing so using women to bring more followers into the world, reporters should also be detailing where the food is coming from to feed these people, because they certainly are not paying the prices I PAY FOR FOOD if they have time to shoot and kill and eat then procreate, so the real stories need to be told, follow the food, more details on fighters and their broods, and would suspect this case was one of the hakim being asked why he letting a foreigner stay at his house...so it was denounce reporter and prove to all he was still one of them

    July 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  29. nx3pde

    You learned the hard way never to trust a muslim.

    July 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  30. Robert Constant

    These are the people John McCain wanted to give shoulder fired missiles that could eventually be turned against American helicopters! Time to retire John!

    July 2, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  31. debamritac

    Never trust Muslims my friend. They are good only to the point of Biriyani and Haleem. Within seconds, they can turn on to you for the sake and name of Allah. We Indians comprise of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Parsi's. Hindus restrict our relationships to Daawats ( invitations) only specially with Muslims. We trust Christians, Parsi's or Buddhists or Atheists more than Muslims – because always try to convert others into their religion.

    July 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  32. Ariel

    There is no Muslim group there that could be called "moderate" (and what the heck does that mean anyway?). NOT ONE.

    July 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  33. Duane

    Loyd, Hikam was your friend. He was placed in a very difficult position and because he associated with you a westerner his reputation and life was in danger. He could have killed you as a sign of his loyalty to the organization he was a part of. Instead, he inflicted a non life threatening wound. He's your friend.

    July 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  34. UnderG

    I think you should consider yourself lucky to be alive and telling us the sequence of events. In Africa and particularly Nigeria where we now have cases of insurgency rapidly growing, Northern Muslims who were once your friend(s) will during protest, riots and now the insurgency, betray the spirit of friendship and will often have non Muslims killed by pointing them out as pagans. A survival tale has it that months after God's divine intervention that got the family saved/speared, the survivor went back to the neighbor's house to inquire why he pointed them out to be killed. Please, note the neighbor's response as follows: "The fact that the play and eat with the chicken does not mean it should not be killed".

    July 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  35. Playboy

    They will smile with you, drink and eat with you but when it comes to killing the so called Pagans – my good friend, some Muslims will consider this as an opportunity for them to pave way so that they can enter heaven...
    I now don't know if JIHAD means the number of souls you take equally means how quick they'll enter heaven. The truth also remains that for any Muslim that within his/her heart blesses such missions, they have also participated in murder.

    July 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  36. Rafa

    Who said "never turn your back to an Arab"?

    July 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  37. Keith B Rosenberg

    The Moslem world will pacify and reform itself or, eventually, the non-Moslem world will step in and do it.

    July 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  38. Zcyrus

    The Shia extremist groups like badr , Mahi and sadr and Ghods Sepah are worst than the ISIS! They are extremely anti USA and like to do fight against the world – Jihad!
    They have been armed by Al-Maliki and Iran Regime already to expand the Ayatollah Iran Regime empire!

    July 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • H. B .

      You obviously hate the lShi'ites most specifically. Which makes you a Sunni.

      For the readers here, BOTH sects are identical in terms of Islam itself. Their schism took place AFTER their prophet died, so their holy texts are believed entirely by both. The schism was over who his successor would be, and they haven't stopped slaughtering one another for the next 1400 years. It's a genocidal bloodfeud. Each sect regards the other as "false Muslims," which are WORSE than us infidels.

      There is some possibility of what you said being true, but which pointedly omitted any criticism of what Sunnis are, and what they do. Both are equally vile, and no Muslim, of either sect, can ever be trusted.

      July 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  39. John Geheran

    Maybe Sir Winston got it right when he observed that" Islam in a man is tantamount.to rabies in a dog".

    July 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  40. noneofdabove

    I can't believe this guy is still talking about the moderates and advocates arming them. It is the same non-sense as Washington's. The "moderates" will make and alliance with anybody the day it is to their advantage. Hakim showed how shallow their principles are. There are ISIS or Islamic State on one side and Assad of the Ba'ath party on the other: The latter is rooted in ideology: Socialist, secular, and ruthless but pragmatic, comprising a multi-religious coalition: Shiites, Allawites, Christians, and non-believers.
    Wake up: The so-called moderates are the West' wishful thinking.

    July 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  41. Madex

    Westerners will never learn, after shooting him he still calls him a moderate who deserve to be armed by Obama. Your next trip to Syria may see those 'moderates' use Obamas weapons to ......

    July 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  42. Mj

    Dude, I think he really WAS your Friend, otherwise you wouldn't be alive sitting with amanpour telling her about your stories in Syria! Think about it!

    July 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  43. Friends for Life

    Muslims are a bit like " Pit Bulls " and " Bull Mastiffs " , they eventually turn on you

    July 2, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  44. Watani Sourya

    I'm amazed beyond words. Is this level of comment standard fare at CNN/Amanpour ?

    July 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  45. suasageon

    He works for CNN- he probably IS a CIA spy.

    July 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  46. ShluRaffa

    A quick look into the moosle holy book would've told you whether you can be a moosle's friend, or not.

    July 3, 2014 at 12:00 am | Reply
  47. Nostradamus

    I think we should left those beasts alone. Watch out: ISIS against Syria; Syria against Irak, Irak against Egypt; Egypt against Muslim Brotherhood; MB against Lybia; Lybia against Afghanistan; Afghanistan against Palkistan; Pakistan against Al Quaida......and everybody against the United States....Am I wrong?

    July 3, 2014 at 12:51 am | Reply

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