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Sunday, September 9, 2012

After Egypt is Syria next to be handed over to Muslim Brotherhood?

Around half of the rebel fighters in Syria are foreign Islamists who aren’t interested in toppling the Assad regime. Instead, they’re seeking to implement Sharia law throughout the country, according to a prominent French doctor.
The co-founder of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, Jacques Beres, discovered some interesting information while treating Syrian rebels in the besieged city of Aleppo. According to Beres, 60 per cent of his patients during his two week service in Syria were rebels– and about half of those were foreign. He says the fighters aren’t focused on the fall of the Assad regime. Instead, they have their eyes on a different kind of prize – implementing Sharia law throughout the country.
"It's really something strange to see. They are directly saying that they aren't interested in Bashar Assad's fall, but are thinking about how to take power afterward and set up an Islamic state with Sharia law to become part of the world Emirate,"the French doctor told Reuters.
The foreign jihadists include Frenchmen who believe they are waging a “holy war,” claiming they’re inspired by Mohammed Merah, an Islamist militant from the French city of Toulouse. Merah killed seven people in March, in the name of Al-Qaeda.

"Some of [the patients] were French and completely fanatical about the future,"
 he said. "They are very cautious people, even to the doctor who treated them. They didn't trust me, but for instance they told me that Mohammed Merah was an example to follow,” Beres said. 
The Syrian government has consistently maintained that the uprising against Assad is being orchestrated from outside the country and is the work of “foreign-backed terrorists.”
It’s a claim that Beres denied until his recent two-week stint in Aleppo. Beres spoke of treating rebel fighters from other Arab countries as well, but says his list of patients included at least two Frenchmen. But the list of nationalities continues to grow – jihadist fighters from Britain have joined the fight as well. The inflow of foreign fighters has even worried some Syrian rebels, who have accused them of being “too extreme.” As the uprising enters its 18th month, the home countries of foreign rebels are worried, too.
Paris has expressed concern in recent years that French radical Islamists who have traveled to lawless zones would return to plot terrorist attacks at home. This was the case for Mohammed Merah, who traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan before organizing the Toulouse shooting.
Boys stand next to a damaged wall of a house, where a girl was killed when a rocket hit it, in the Iraqi border town of al-Qaim in Anbar province, September 8, 2012. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)Today: 04:2617 comments

Borderline conflict: Rockets from Syria hit Iraq as violence spills over

A 5-year-old girl was killed after four rockets launched from Syria landed in a border town in western Iraq in what has been the worst cross-border violence between the neighboring countries since Syria plunged into civil war.
Syria unrest
Free Syrian Army fighters (Reuters / Youssef Boudlal)07.09, 17:3638 comments

‘Foreign intervention to Syria not a Hollywood movie ending with happy kiss’

While Western countries push for military intervention in Syria, a former French spy explained to RT that Syria and its neighbors are a melting pot of religious and social groups and stirring it could spill over into a bloody conflict.
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Two explosions hit Damascus, five security personnel reported killed

A car bomb has exploded in Damascus, hitting near two ministries. The report comes just hours after a separate blast hit a mosque in northern Damascus, causing casualties to worshipers returning from their Friday prayers.
Syria unrest
A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his rifle during clashes in Aleppo August 16, 2012. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)06.09, 22:3426 comments

Aid for Syrian rebels: ‘France taking US hitman role'

France has taken the responsibility for supplying Syrian rebels with money and artillery on behalf of the US, which is not interested in soiling their hands before Novembers presidential elections, professor Engdahl told RT.
Syria unrest
Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) shoot at advancing government troops in the al-Jadeida neighbourhood, in the Old City of Aleppo, on August 21, 2012. (AFP Photo/Phil Moore)06.09, 05:3350 comments

France providing aid to rebel-held areas of Syria - reports

France has started providing direct aid and money to rebel-controlled areas of Syria and is even considering supplying anti-aircraft weapons to the opposition, a diplomatic source has said.
Syria unrest
Abdulbaset Sieda, far left, and an unidentified member of the oppositional Syrian National Council (SNC) attend a meeting of the board of the council in the Stockholm suburb Hasselby, on August 31, 2012. (AFP Photo/Leif R Jansson)03.09, 01:2624 comments

Syria’s opposition SNC to reform, expand

The Syrian National Council, an umbrella organization bringing together a diverse group of opponents to the Assad government both inside and outside Syria, has announced that it is to expand and become more representative.
Syria unrest

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