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Saturday, March 16, 2013
First known Canadian Muslim waxed waging jihad in Syria
The civil war in Syria appeals to young
Muslims from many countries including the West, wishing to join the
ranks of Jihad (holy war) as part of the rebel forces in Syria, most of
which are identified with radical Islamic streams.
Canadian citizens have also enlisted with
the Syrian rebels. One of these Canadians was killed recently in
fighting against forces of the Syrian regime in the environs of the
capital Damascus. Jamal Mohamed Abd al-Kader was born and raised in
Canada, a member of a Kurdish family originally from the village of Juka
near Afrin in north east Syria.
Jamal, a student and his parents’ only
son, decided last year to join the rebel forces in Syria. In July 2012
he arrived in Turkey, and a day later entered Syria via the Bab
al-Salama crossing. He then joined up with the ‘Asifat a-Shimal Brigade’
of the ‘Free Syrian Army’, later joining the ‘Ahrar al-Sham Brigades’.
Jamal participated in the fighting in the area around Aleppo during the
summer and autumn of 2012, and went on to participate in the fighting
around Damascus from December 2012 until he was killed by Syrian army
fire on February 26, 2013.
One of the Syrian fighters who knew Jamal
recounted that after a telephone conversation with his parents, during
which they tried to convince him to return to Canada and complete his
university studies, he tore up his Canadian passport, deciding to commit
himself totally to fighting within the ranks of jihad.
Mohammad Talal Bazer Bashi, one of the
founders of the ‘Ahrar al-Sham Brigades’ noted in a media interview that
the number of volunteers originating from abroad reaches two percent of
all fighters, all of them motivated by their desire to participate in
Jihad. According to him, his organization embraces Islamic ideology and
adheres to Sharia, Islamic law.
How many Muslims claiming America as their residence are waging jihad in Syria?