Egyptians free to join militants in Syria

Egyptians free to join militants in Syria
Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:25:57

An adviser to Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi says Egyptians are free to join the foreign-backed Takfiri militants fighting against the government in Syria.

Khaled al-Qazzaz said on Thursday that Cairo was not adopting any measures against those who sought to fight against the Syrian government along with the extremist militants.
“The right of travel or freedom of travel is open for all Egyptians,” the Egyptian official stated.

Qazzaz, who is President Morsi’s adviser on foreign affairs, further rejected concerns that the Egyptians who fight alongside Takfiri militants in Syria would return home as extremists, even though such groups continue with attacks against Egyptian police and military in the northern Sinai Peninsula. “We don’t consider them a threat,” he said.

Several dozen Egyptian nationals have reportedly been killed while fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the past months of turmoil in Syria, but the number has not been independently confirmed.

In May, President Assad said that militants from 29 different countries were fighting against the government in different parts of the country.

A recent report showed that at least  6,000 foreign militants have been killed in Syria so far.

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