BREAKING – France opens war crimes inquiry against Assad regime

French authorities have launched a criminal probe against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for alleged war crimes committed between 2011 and 2013, sources told AFP on Tuesday.

Paris prosecutors opened a preliminary war crimes inquiry on September 15, a source close to the case and a diplomatic source said.

The investigation is drawing in particular on evidence provided by a former Syrian army photographer known by the codename “Caesar”, who defected and fled the country in 2013, bringing with him some 55,000 graphic photographs of scenes from the brutal conflict.