Video: Britons Among Foreign Jihadists Fighting in Syria
BIRMINGHAM, Britain — Despite Syrian rebels’ insistence to the contrary, there is evidence to support Syrian government contentions that more foreign fighters are heading to Syria to fight a "holy war" against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.
British photojournalist John Cantlie was crossing into Syria from Turkey with a guide and Dutch colleague two months ago when he was captured by jihadist fighters - some of them were fellow Britons.
According to Cantlie, they had stumbled across a camp full of armed opposition fighters. But they were not the Free Syrian Army. Cantlie realized he had found a training camp for "jihadist" foreign fighters.
"I knew within 10 seconds that we were in trouble," he said. "Within a minute… they were all speaking English, first of all. They were Chechen, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, British... I’d estimate between 10 to 15 of them were either British or of British origin… We talked with them a great deal, especially the British guys. One of them, an NHS [British National Health Service] doctor, kind of became our friend, he gave us intel [intelligence],” said Cantlie. (continue reading...)