Washington Post reports an accelerating influx of “Jihadists” fighting in Syria
Washington – The flow of “#jihadists” entering Syria has accelerated, and non-Syrians have begun taking the lead in a variety of roles as the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and #Syria (#ISIS) attempts to assert control over large areas in northern Syria, the Washington Post newspaper reported on Wednesday.
“Foreign fighters’ man checkpoints, serve as commanders on the battlefield and have become the de facto rulers of towns and cities in areas under rebel control, giving them a visible and much-feared presence across large swaths of territory,” the newspaper quoted Syrians living in the north as well as analysts.
“Saudis, Tunisians and Libyans are among the most frequently encountered nationalities, the residents and analysts say, but men from Chechnya, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates also are present”.
The newspaper indicated that “the Pakistani #Taliban announced in August that it had established a presence in Syria,” adding that ”Among those killed in recent battles was a Moroccan commander who had spent years as a prisoner of the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was eulogized in one of the many videos prepared by the foreign volunteers to advertise their presence”.
The Washington Post quoted Brian Fishman, a former counterterrorism official who served in Iraq, as saying that the number of foreign fighters in Syria exceeds the number who volunteered to fight U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan.