For the first time, a Western journalist (Robert Fisk) has been granted access to interview Free Syrian Army prisoners in Syria's most feared
military prisons, confirming the presence of foreign jihadists in the ranks of the Free Syrian Army.
• One interviewed prisoner was an Algeria immigrant to France who had served in the French army.
• Another Turkish prisoner spoke of his training at a Taliban camp on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
• A Syrian prisoner described helping, under al-Qa'ida direction, two suicide bombers (a Palestinian and Jordanian) set off a bloody explosion
targeted at civilians in central Damascus
The French-Algerian had served in the French army after emigrating to France. Apparently encouraged by al-Jazeera's coverage of Muslim suffering in
Syria, he left a wife and child in Marseille in search of jihad. Crossing the Syrian border with a shotgun he, with other men, attacked military
checkpoints. After capture by suspicious villagers, he explained why he hadn't chosen Palestine for jihad:- "A Palestinian friend told me his people
needed money more than men".
A Turkish prisoner described crossing into Syria after months of training, he said, in a Taliban camp on the Afghan-Pakistan border. He left a
pregnant wife and three-year old daughter behind. He stated that he had been asked to set up a "smuggling" trail from Turkey to the Syrian capital
which would also involve moving men across the border.
A Syrian prisoner described having been indoctrinated by hard line Salafi preachers who encouraged him to carry out jihad. Later, he described how he
and three Iraqis, under al-Qa'ida supervision, had helped a Palestinian and a Jordanian suicide bomber to set off a car bomb in crowded street in the
Bazzaz district. Subsequently he expressed regrets at the deaths of ordinary people he had caused.
Overall, the captured jihadist prisoners that Robert Fisk spoke to included an ex French army Algerian immigrant, a Syrian indoctrinated by Salafi
preachers and a Turk who further confirmed the presence of Salafi and al-Qa'ida elements in Syria and further confirmed the presence of Iraqi
Jihadists and Jordanian and Palestinians suicide bombers. Furthermore, Taliban training camps exist alongside the Afghan-Pakistan border.
The fact that al-Qa'ida and the Taliban are involved in aiding the Free Syrian Army is perhaps no surprise to anyone.
What is more puzzling is the motive of the USA, UK and France in supporting the Free Syrian Army and their Taliban/al-Qa'ida allies in trying to
overthrow the Syrian government.