Syria: over 20,000 foreign jihadists fighting against Assad

40,000 foreign Shia militants on government's side

06 February, 11:10

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    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - Over 60,000 foreign jihadists are fighting in Syria, both on the side of anti-government  militias and on that of the Bashar-Al-Assad government,  but the majority are with the government forces.

    Some 40,000 foreign Shia militants  are fighting with Syrian government troops, says Riad Qahwaji, an expert on military and strategic issues. Qahwaji, in an article in the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, quoted authoritative sources at the International Security Forum held in the Moroccan city of Marrakech on January 25-26. According to information presented at the forum, about 40,000 Shia militants have arrived in Syria to support the repression of the popular uprising that began in 2011. The loyalist mujaheddin come for the most part from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Pakistan. Many of them - continued the experts quoted by Al-Hayat - have been trained by the Al-Quds Brigade of the Iranian Pasdaran, the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution. On the opposite side, there are about 8,000 Sunni militants from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, with the lion's share from Libya; at least 5,000 from several European countries and thousands more from other Muslim countries, totaling over 20,000. (ANSAmed).

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