“Without any help, we took a flight to Amman”
With two of my neighbors from Tunis, both of whom are also university graduates, we decided to go to Syria to fight for this country in distress. We were moved to act after witnessing the atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime on television.And so, without help from anyone else, we took a flight from Tunis to Amman [Editor’s note: the capital of Jordan] and we immediately went to the help centres for Syrian refugees.
Two young Libyans on a flight to Turkey, a stopping point on their way to Syria. Both men died, one in an attack on a Syrian army checkpoint and the other in the attack against the military airport of Taftanaz, in Aleppo. This photo from their journey was posted on Twitter.
Our first goal was just to help out, not necessarily by using weapons. We were ready to babysit, help old people, cook, set up tents, etc.“The most serious threat came from the Jordanian intelligence agency”
Once on the ground, we very rapidly made contact with Syrian rebels returning [to Jordan] to visit their families. After a lengthy discussion, they accepted to introduce us to people who would help us enter Syria. At this point, the most serious threat came from the Jordanian intelligence agency, given that we were very conspicuous due to our foreign accent and many other details that betrayed our Tunisian nationality.Crossing the border was not difficult, but once in Syria, we had to split up. Now, each of us is fighting with a different group in different areas of the country. I’ve come quite far since crossing the border. I am now fighting on the front lines in Damascus region. But I am keeping in touch with my travel companions in various ways, which I cannot talk about.After having left everything behind in my country, my only desire is to see the rebellion succeed. Once this victory takes place, my duty will have been fulfilled and I can return to my family and my old life.
“In my unit, there are people of several different nationalities, including Tunisians, Kosovars, and Chechens”
In my unit, which consists of about 300 men, there are many foreigners, and we welcome them with open arms.For us, the term “foreigner” is not adequate, because we believe that all Muslims are brothers in Islam. The “muhajirins” are the most pious and motivated. Even though they weren’t forced to, they left behind their possessions and families to come fight by our sides. So they are even more deserving of admiration than the sons of Syria, who are fighting for their families and their land.Some sold everything they had to pay for the cost of the trip and, once here, they often provide financial support for the war effort [purchase of weapons, ammunition, and food for fighters, etc.] or to help the Syrian population.A foreign jihadist gives a pep talk to his colleagues and explains that he left everything behind to fight for Islam with Brigade 138 in Aleppo.“Yesterday, I had tea with a French fighter”
In my unit, there are several people of several different nationalities: Tunisians, Kosovars, and Chechens. We fight shoulder to shoulder with a unit that includes Americans, Frenchmen, Malysians, Romanians, etc.I recently had tea with a French fighter. This man, who is over the age of 50, is not of Arab origin —he is a white man who converted to Islam and chose to come fight with us against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.Obituary for Abou Kamal, a jihadist from Sweden.We are not affiliated with Al Qaeda. We are not opposed to them, but we do not support attacks against civilian targets.