London Telegraph 
June 10, 2011
Secret agents wearing coloured wristbands as their sole distinguishing marks directed a civilian massacre in Jisr al-Shughur, fleeing residents said yesterday as army tanks moved into the largely deserted Syrian town.
Hundreds more refugees poured across the border into Turkey, bringing the total to more than 2,000 forced into flight in anticipation of a mission of retribution led by President Bashar al-Assad’s notorious younger brother.
Maher al-Assad, the commander of the elite Fourth Division and Republican Guard, has vowed to take vengeance on the town after its inhabitants were accused of killing 120 government soldiers and policemen over the weekend.
One man who fled was able to make phone contact with his wife who remained in Syria. The woman warned her husband that the troops were so close “that they will soon level the town”.