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Many thousands of European Muslims are now fighting in the Jihad in Syria


ISIS flies black Al-Qaeda style flags. These were originally popularized by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Chechnya. Al-Qaeda believes that the black flag is fulfilling a prophesy of a world-wide hardline Sunni/Wahhabist take-over.

At least 2,000 Muslims from Europe are fighting with ISIS, just one of the many groups trying to install a Sunni Islamic theocracy in Syria. At least 500 are from France alone.

Thousands more may be fighting with other Jihadist groups.

The ones who survive will return to their immigrants ghettos as heroes and “community organizers.” They will have military experience, sources for arms smuggling, and memberships in some of the most violent and extreme Islamic groups in the world.

Note: Men claiming to be Armenian and Latino gang members from California are also fighting with Hezbollah. This is a militia for the main Shiite political party in Lebanon. Shiites and Christians are being mass murdered by the Jihadists in Syria.

Hezbollah has a long history of sending members to join the French foreign legion to gain training and combat experience. It appears that Hezbollah is now accepting foreigners looking for training and experience as well.

The Jihadists are being backed by the USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and others. Israel is accused of aiding the Jihadists, but may have ceased this due to a backlash from it’s own people. Violence has spilled over into Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq many times.

From Al-Monitor.com…

The color black covers the place. This color prevents you from ignoring that the Syrian city of Raqqa is straining under the iron grip of fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). They worked to turn the city into a “black province” after capturing it from fighters belonging to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement.

One Abu Shaheed, a French jihadist interviewed by the weekly Paris-Match in March, claims that there are “at least” 500 recruits from France alone fighting with ISIS, which is merely one of the jihadist factions in Syria. It has lately been involved in an internecine conflict with other such factions, including Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria. In a recent study, Thomas Hegghammer, director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, used published estimates from European intelligence services to put the total number of European recruits fighting in Syria at fewer than 2,000. The study estimated the total number of French recruits fighting with all the factions, not only ISIS, at between 200 and 400.

One Abu Shaheed, a French jihadist interviewed by the weekly Paris-Match in March, claims that there are “at least” 500 recruits from France alone fighting with ISIS, which is merely one of the jihadist factions in Syria. It has lately been involved in an internecine conflict with other such factions, including Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria. In a recent study, Thomas Hegghammer, director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, used published estimates from European intelligence services to put the total number of European recruits fighting in Syria at fewer than 2,000. The study estimated the total number of French recruits fighting with all the factions, not only ISIS, at between 200 and 400.

Referring to the French jihadists, Abu Shaheed told Paris-Match, “There are lots and lots of them. The place is covered with French [recruits]. I couldn’t even count them all.” In addition to individual French fighters in other ISIS units, Abu Shaheed said that there are five or six purely French-speaking brigades or katiba, consisting of French and Belgian fighters. He went on to explain that the formation of French-speaking brigades is a necessity, since the French and Belgian recruits ordinarily do not speak enough Arabic to be integrated into Arabic-speaking units. The recruits are known essentially to consist of second- and third-generation descendants of Arab immigrants and Muslim converts.

Abu Shaheed belongs to one such French-speaking unit in the Aleppo suburb of Hraytan. He claims that prior to the withdrawal of ISIS from Hraytan in mid-February, some 200 French or French-speaking fighters had been based there. Hraytan’s European colony came to broad public attention when video emerged in late March of French-speaking jihadists providing running commentary as they gleefully dragged seven or eight bodies to a mass grave using a pickup truck. “In the past, we towed jet skis, motorcycles and quad bikes,” the driver of the pickup says with a wry smile, “now we tow murtads [apostates] and kuffar [unbelievers], those who fight against us and fight against Islam.”

The images were published by Paris-Match and aired by the French news channel BFM roughly at the same time. They were reportedly taken from a series of videos saved on the cell phone of a Belgian jihadist going by the name Abu Omar, the driver of the pickup. Abu Omar confirmed the provenance of the images on his Facebook page, claiming that the videos were “stolen by a Syrian apostate who sold them to French journalists.”

The French media have identified the dead men in the images as victims of a massacre perpetrated by ISIS against civilians and “[non-ISIS] rebels.” Both Abu Shaheed and Abu Omar insist they are all combatants. Virtually all the bodies being towed by the pickup, however, are wearing civilian clothing.

Other footage filmed with Abu Omar’s cell phone appears to document the immediate aftermath of the massacre. See minutes 2:35 through 3:35 of the BFM report. While in this footage most of the victims appear to be civilians, one of them is wearing a jacket with military insignia. BFM describes them as insignia of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). In fact, however, the insignia are the traditional white-on-black of the jihadist banner and the Arabic they feature includes both the takbir and the shahada —“There is no god but God and Muhammad is his messenger.” This detail further underscores that the opponents of ISIS in northern Syria are themselves jihadists, even if some, for tactical reasons, may be willing to assume the FSA mantle.

After withdrawing from Hraytan, the French and Belgian jihadists fell back to the town of Azaz, near the Turkish border. There, on Feb. 14, Abu Omar and his friends filmed yet another “trophy” video. This one reportedly shows them laughing in front of four severed heads in a public square where ISIS is supposed to have regularly conducted beheadings. One francophone jihadist would subsequently post a photo on Facebook showing the four heads arranged around a headless torso at the base of a monument with the words “Azaz City Council” painted on it. He cheerfully comments, “After our arrival in Azaz, the brothers were so happy that they cut up some Free [Syrian] Army and PKK [Kurdistan Workers Party] for us.” The photo has also been posted elsewhere. Two of the victims are clearly adolescents.