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Great news: Both sides in Syria have committed war crimes

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama leaves the Senate Democratic policy luncheon after meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol September 10, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. President Obama visited both Senate Democratic and Republican policy luncheons to discuss the current situations in Syria. Credit: Getty Images

The enemy of my enemy is still an enemy:

War crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed by both Syrian government troops and rebel forces, a U.N. panel said Wednesday.

The panel said both sides had committed offenses such as torture, rape and indiscriminate attacks on civilians on a large scale, The New York Times reported.

The panel's report will be presented Monday to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The report was based on 258 interviews, including those in which adult detainees "regularly reported the detention and torture of children as young as 13."

The panel also reported opposition forces had conducted summary executions of captured government troops and were implicated in the mass killings of Shiite residents of one community in June.

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