Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on Syria’s Foreign Fighters
September 24, 2012, 6:27 pm ET
Jihadi fighters who go to Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan have to cross many hurdles, dodging intelligence agents and changing passports along the way, explains Guardian reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad. But fighters on their way to join the insurgency in Syria have it much easier.
“All they have to do is take a flight to southern Turkey, to Hatay, and then hike across the border, and they are there in the middle of the fighting,” Abdul-Ahad, who recently returned from Syria, told The World‘s Marco Werman today.
Abdul-Ahad says the jihadis in Syria constitute about 10 to 15 percent of rebel forces, but he warns that their foothold is significant because the rebels are desperate for support.
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