Associated Press Reveals Increasing Numbers of Foreign Militants and Extremists within Armed Terrorist Groups in Syria
Sep 20, 2012 - WASHINGTON, SANA - The Associated Press agency unveiled that foreign militants loyal to Islamic extremist movements are fighting alongside the armed terrorist gangs in Syria.
In a report published on Thursday, the AP said the influence of those militants is increasing more and more despite the claim of these gangs to deny the existence of foreign terrorists on the Syrian terrorists.
The agency mentioned one of the incidents that stresses the existence of foreign extremists fighting the Syrian Forces. " 12 bearded gunmen who surrounded the car full of foreign journalists in a northern Syrian village were clearly not Syrians. A heavyset man in a brown gown stepped forward, announced he was Iraqi and fingered through the American passport he had confiscate, " the agency said, pointing out that he was accompanied by a number of men, many of whom appeared to have North African accents.
"We know all American journalists are spies. Now tell us what you are doing here and who you are spying for," the Iraqi man said in English.
"I really want to cut your head off right now," he added, but with the intervention of nearby villagers, the confrontation eventually was defused. But it underscored the unpredictable element that foreign fighters bring to the Syrian conflict.
The report said talk about the role of foreign jihadists in the Syrian civil war began in earnest, however, with the rise in suicide bombings. U.S. National Director of Intelligence James Clapper said in February that those attacks "bore the earmarks" of the jihadists in neighboring Iraq.
According to the confession of one of the armed terrorist groups' leader, the agency said there were maybe 500 jihadis involved in the battle for Aleppo, while a report from the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based Research and Study foundation, estimated a total of 1,200 to 1,500 foreign fighters in all of Syria.
While this is a small amount compared with the thousands of rebels estimated to be battling in Syria, Peter Harling of the International Crisis Group warned that the religious extremists will have an influence gunmen.
" I think numbers are irrelevant," Harling said, adding that the extremists are a "very important phenomenon in many ways. Their presence is very divisive, whether there are many or not."
The report went on to mention that the media center investigated and questioned any journalists they discovered who had written about foreign fighters being involved in the rebellion.
Despite their smaller numbers, the jihadis, many of whom are from foreign countries, bring experience in fighting guerrilla wars as well as their own supply lines for much needed weapons and ammunition, making them attractive to gunmen to join.
The jihadis also have a reputation for heading straight to the front lines. Few were in evidence in the Syrian countryside.
A French physician with Doctors Without Borders working near the front lines in Aleppo said in an interview last week that based on style of dress and what their companions said, half of the gunmen he treated were jihadis, both foreign and Syrian.
Dr. Jacques Pierre added Islamist militants seeking to turn Syria into a religious are growing in the ranks of the armed opposition and believe that they are fighting a holy war.
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