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Most insurgents in Syria foreigners: Member of Doctors Without Borders
Foreign-backed anti-Syria insurgents shoot during target practice.
Foreign-backed anti-Syria insurgents shoot during target practice.
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Some of them (insurgents) directly said they were not very much interested about the falling of Bashar al-Assad. (They said) We are thinking after that to take the power to become an Islamic state with the Sharia… Some of them were also French.”

Jacques Beres, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders

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New revelations about militants fighting against the Syrian government suggest that a majority of insurgents involved in armed operations in Syria are foreigners, Press TV reports.


Jacques Beres, the co-founder of Doctors Without Borders, who recently treated insurgents in the flashpoint city of Aleppo, revealed that 60 percent of armed men he treated during his two-week stay in the northwestern city were non-Syrian.

“Some of them (insurgents) directly said they were not very much interested about the falling of (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad. (They said) We are thinking after that to take the power to become an Islamic state with the Sharia… Some of them were also French,” the French doctor said.

His accounts confirm statements by Damascus that foreign insurgents are also fighting against the Syrian army.

A large number of these foreign nationals have been killed or arrested in clashes with government forces.

Syria says Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are arming the opposition as it has seized weapons, including anti-tank missiles, smuggled into the country from Lebanon and Turkey.

Media reports suggest that Riyadh and Doha are taking the lead in financing the anti-Syria plot with the help of US, UK and Israeli spy agencies.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad recently pointed to a “support by regional circles, including the dangerous support by Turkey of the terrorist gangs, of providing these with sophisticated weapons and of giving each terrorist in the world, including al-Qaeda, free access to Turkey to come to Syria.”

Analysts believe the militants do not hesitate to commit inhumane crimes, because they have nothing to lose by destroying Syria.

Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria in March 2011.

Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence, but the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country.

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