Syria conflict: British fighters seek jihad | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2012-08-16T11:32:22-04:00
"Foreign fighters have been heading to Syria for some time - many of Syrian descent but living in Europe or the US, keen to help their brothers in arms. A similar pattern emerged in Libya, where young western Libyans joined the battle against [late leader Col Muammar] Gaddafi. However, a different, more dangerous contingent is joining this struggle now. Militant groups thought to be linked to al-Qaeda are operating in the country. Among their ranks, a small number of young British men - at this stage, probably only running into the dozens - are joining this fundamentalist fringe, having been recruited from towns and cities across the UK."
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