Follow @TheZakoAgain today, on Marie Colvin’s death yesterday in Homs; I did speculate that her death could have been a result of a direct intentional hit by the Syrian army. My confidence in this speculation has shot up now; this is an interesting but strange piece of intelligence by The Daily Mail:
It was claimed that Syrian forces may have murdered Marie Colvin after pledging to kill ‘any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil’. Communication between Syrian Army officers intercepted by Lebanese intelligence staff has revealed that direct orders were issued to target the makeshift press centre in which Colvin had been broadcasting. If journalists were successfully killed, then the Syrians were told to make out that they had died accidentally in fire fights with terrorist groups, the radio traffic revealed
[...] In her final dispatches she sought to alert the world to the tragedy unfolding in Homs telling the BBC yesterday: ‘I watched a little baby die today – absolutely horrific, just a two-year-old been hit, they stripped it and found the shrapnel had gone into the left chest.
[...] Reporters working in Homs feared the Army had ‘locked on’ to their satellite phone signals and targeted the buildings they were coming from. Abdu al-Homsi, an opposition activist, confirmed that the Army had cut phone lines into the city and were bombing any buildings where they detected mobile phone signals.
Photo credit: The photo is from Libya and won the first prize in the World Press Photo 2012 contest (General News, Stories). Taken by Remi Ochlik who was killed at the same in Homs with Marie Colvin.