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Syria: Rebel Fighters Are Becoming Radicalised
Sky has seen new evidence that the Syrian uprising is becoming more and more radicalised and being fought by Islamic fundamentalists and extremists.
The Syrian rebels have all but given up on military intervention by the West but after 18 months of grinding battle and a feeling they have been abandoned by the international community, they are making their own bombs and weapons and becoming much more self-sufficient.
There are some weapons and arms being smuggled across the borders from sympathetic Muslim neighbours.
We saw brand new rocket propelled grenade launchers with their rockets still in their plastic wrappers which had been smuggled across the Turkish border and an anti-aircraft gun which the rebels told us had come from Iraq.
But although that means that the rebels have many more weapons than they have had before, it is still small fry in comparison to the heavy weaponry, tanks and artillery employed by the regime.
What is increasingly obvious is the number of Jihad (holy war) flags and Jihad paraphernalia worn and used by the rebel fighters. The black headbands worn by many of the fighters are a symbol of Islamic fundamentalism - used by extremist groups and usually anti-Western.
The common refrain from many of the rebel fighters is that they have been forgotten by the outside world.
A number of commanders told us they were disappointed, angry and frustrated by the lack of help from the international community.
One said: "All we get is words, not actions."
I asked him how many fighters were from outside Syria. He replied: "Most of the fighters are Syrians. I would say 90% of the fighters are Syrian. Only a few hundred in the whole of Syria are from outside the country and most of them are from sympathetic countries."
We met a Libyan medic and former rebel in his own country who said he had come to help the rebels in Syria as a fellow Muslim.
He said: "We know what it is like to suffer. I have come to help in the hospital but if I had to pick up a gun and shoot Assad soldiers, of course I would.
"The real problem here is not foreign fighters, not Al Qaeda or any other group but the regime which has done far more damage than any other group."
The rebels have been making significant gains in the north, crushing regime bases and the Assad army has been losing men as well as arms.
But the frustration by the rebels and the inaction by the international community is driving the rebels towards religious extremism.
If Assad falls, the West's lack of help may have lost them a potential ally in the Middle East and even worse, may have created an angry and resentful new enemy.
what do you think?
james robbins wife will tell us if our troops are in syria or not putting alllives in danger
there must be alot from uk then, would they fight to defend this country if the worse was to happen again? i think not. every flight to pakistan would be full if third world war broke out.
They are becoming radicalised Islam OK they love Islam that much that they could not stop fighting during their holy period of eid .
Finally some truth about the fake Syrian army. Just like the taliban in the 80's - we trained them, funded them, gave them intelligence and when we'd had our pound of flesh we committed genocide to destroy them. This is no different. We manipulated this country into war and advertised to all jihadists that Syria was the place to be. The fake Syrian army will be destroyed and then refunded and set up as another fake army in our next conquest in another desert land that will massacre thousands upon thousands more innocent women and children. Its ok tho we don't have to think about it- just go and watch the xfactor, everything is ok.
I stopped reading at 'sky has found evidence'. I read an interesting story from a journalist who made it into Syria. Only to be captured by the rebels, who were all English. He was eventually saved and released by the local Syrians. Seems to be a common theme in our history.
jimmy, you are mental (and probably brainwashed)
Norman- go back to sleep. Everything is ok.
tricky. could you point us all to this story, oh and did you mean English or british muslims.
Does Assad seem likely to fall? Not with Iran backing him up
Still backing the Islamic Jihadists are you Stevie? Why don't you google the Syrian Post Office massacre and see what your friends do to innocent civilians.
So Sky journalists are only now telling Joe Public something that we've been saying for a long time. Sometimes I really despair!
Now finally the penny drops Sky have seen the light that the Obama and Cameron "freedom " fighters are Al Qaeda C.I.A TRAINED AND FUNDED after thousands of men women and children have been killed in Iraq, Libya ,Sudan and Syria. Just hope there is no retaliation on our children because of our Governments involvement in this tragic war.
All the more reason for the West to keep well out of it. Anyone know of a country which has been improved by western intervention?? Answers on a pin head please
Actually a strange as it may seem iraq. From the perspective of the marsh arabs who were persecuted by saddam hussain when he diverted the rivers that were their life line and lively hood. Although you never ever hear of this
Chris. You may know more than me about the marsh arabs but from where I am standing Iraq is a much more unstable place now than it ever was under saddam
Hey Chris i bet the 2 million dead civilians might disagree with you.
2 million dead civilians! jimmy, you're an absolute fruit cake.
It is a more unstable place. And why wouldnt it be. Saddam ruled with an iron fist. I will say that we went into iraq ten years too late. But if you take into account that a lot of displaced people have been able to return home as a result of the second gulf war. Iraqs future will one day be a lot better you just had to see the look on the guys beating that statue with their sandals faces to see what it ment to them. What about the kurds in the north i bet they can sleep soundly in their beds now hes gone not worrying if they were going to be on the receiving end of a scud missile full of sarin. What would of happend if Nato had not of stepped in during the yugoslavia conflict? Places that have a dictator as a head of state will always suffer a power vacuum when the snakes head is cut off. Do you think it would of been all street parties and flower arranging every day after hitler died and the allies and russians marched into berlin? Im not saying i support our foriegn policies after all libya was a clean up operation because gaddafi had a lot of dirt on bush and blair so he was taken out. And my money is on it being a†US †sniper that shot him.
Think it's the same in a lot of these countries it's a way of taking over them convince the people that they should overthrow the government and there you go job done
One dictator is outed another takes over.
anybody that didn't realise the rebels were muslim extremists right from the beginning is stupid. and as usual our govt backs the wrong side.
I said they were nothing but terrorists months ago on here.
This seems to be the pattern across the Islamic world - and the bit about being neglected by the West is simply an excuse. At the height of the bombing campaign against Gadafi's regime, many of the dissidents were boasting about having family fighting with the Taliban in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet 'Motormouth' Hague seems to want us to go into Syria judging by his outspoken support for the rebels.