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Foreign Jihadists use safe houses in Turkey to fight in Syria

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizadahttps://www.khaama.com
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

FSA_07032012According to reports, Al Qaeda fighters from various countries are being provided with safe houses in Turkish border towns when crossing into Syria to join the Syrian rebels fighting the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

The foreign fighters which also included British and French nationals used the safe house in southern Turkey to cross into Syria and return back to their homes during the past three months, BBC reported Saturday.

The houses were said to be located in border towns such as Reyhanli, with the route passing through them becoming more and more organized.

“There are thousands of us, literally from every corner of the world,” a French fighter – a former student – told the BBC.

The student who is part of a brigade consiting of 8,000 men said that all the fighters belong to Al Qaeda network.

Thousands of foreign fighters including about 300 British nationals have poured into Syria over the past one year to fight president Bashar Al-Assad forces.

Around 100,000 rebels are fighting the regime of Bashar Assad, which includes approximately 10,000 jihadists linked to al-Qaeda, and another 30,000-35,000 hardline Islamists focusing exclusively on the Syrian civil war, a recent study by IHS Jane’s defense consultancy, cited by The Telegraph found.

The Syrian conflict which started earlier in 2011, has left more than 100,000 people dead and millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.

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