By Yara Bayoumy
ALEPPO, Syria Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:11pm EST
ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Huddled all-around a fire in a very bombed-out creating inside Aleppo, unusual jihadists express they may be fighting for any the radical Islamic express in Syria - whether or not regional rebels looking to topple President Bashar al-Assad like it or not.
Among their fellow revolutionaries in addition to civilians, these increasing draw each value for their in terms of iron self-discipline and fear that will if Assad falls, they may first start an old allies to accomplish the actual challenge for an Islamic caliphate.
One Turkish martial artist inside the devastated Aleppo center associated with Karm al-Jabal stated a strong unbending resolve to quickly attain a point out less than Sharia Islamic rules which headaches many Syrians, your West and in many cases local backers of your anti-Assad rebellion.
"Syria.will always be an Islamic plus Sharia express and also we'll definitely not acknowledge anything else. Democracy and also secularism are completely rejected," said this fighter, who labeled themselves Khattab.
Sporting a shaggy mustache and by using a strong AK-47 slung about his / her shoulder, this individual warned anyone whom might stand inside the way. "We will struggle them, regardless of whether there're one of the revolutionaries or any one else," reported Khattab, which left their occupation as being a driver that will struggle to get two years throughout Afghanistan ahead of relocating in order to Syria half a year ago.
A associate on the Jundollah rebel unit, Khattab offers very little knowledge of Arabic - he spoke while in the rubble-strewn constructing by way of your Syrian translator - and also refused to be filmed and also photographed to get concern associated with being determined back in Turkey.
The government with Turkey is definitely by itself Islamist nevertheless strongly opposes this significant ideology of Khattab as well as the militants who're soaring on the list of rebel sets combating Assad inside a conflict which includes stated at the least 60,000 lives.
The United States chosen al-Qaeda's internet marketer in Syria, al-Nusra Front, being a terrorist business around December after them said liability pertaining to bombings throughout Damascus and Aleppo.
However, many rebels and Aleppo residents state dread with the jihadists is overblown. The West is exploiting that in order to rationalise possibly not sending desperately-needed biceps and triceps into the rebels, these people say, prolonging Assad's hang on power.
In Aleppo, Syria's largest city, the particular radicals' affect will be obvious. Many rebels push with the shattered streets within automobiles embellished together with black Islamist flags carrying strict slogans.
Accounts vary on the amount significant groupings coordinate using items on the popular rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA). Many rebels praise the ability regarding that jihadists - typically honed in Afghanistan as well as Iraq - indicating there're among the bravest fighters even though they are usually reclusive.
Some, however, tend to be new recruits inside this holy war inside a region that they telephone Al-Sham, recalling a greater Syria established after the actual Muslim conquest over 1,300 years ago.
One these kinds of is usually Abu al-Harith, a stocky, fair, 27-year-old from Azerbaijan who seem to talked for a digital rebel base in Karm al-Jabal, a region so damaged seems like to get endured an earthquake.
"This can be my brand new that will attempt a Jihad because . there was clearly nobody more painful than Bashar. Even Stalin was merciful weighed against him," claimed the young man, whom painted a skiing mask along with acquired a new dark-colored marker bearing an Islamic strict slogan sewn against his environmentally friendly fatigues.
FIGHTING THE FSA