Spanish terrorist flees Syria after refusing al-Qaeda suicide order

Spanish terrorist flees Syria after refusing al-Qaeda suicide order
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:44:01

A Spanish member of an al-Qaeda-linked militant group fighting in Syria has fled the Arab country after refusing to do suicide mission.

According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the 28-year-old Spanish national, identified as Abdelwahid Sadik Mohamed, was arrested at Malaga–Costa del Sol Airport on January 5 when he arrived in Spain from Syria.

Mohamed, who is in jail awaiting trial for belonging to the al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group, the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), says he was "invited" by the group’s leaders to undertake a suicide mission, but had told them he was not yet ready for the mission.

He further said that after his refusal to do the mission he was sent to increasingly dangerous operations including an attack on Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in July.

The detainee added that after he was repeatedly pressured to take part in a suicide mission he decided to leave the Middle Eastern country and return to Spain.

He also noted that armed groups in Syria believe that people who join them from Morocco and European countries are not as capable as those from Saudi Arabia and Jordan and thus are assigned to do suicide missions.

Early in January, the Spanish Interior Ministry issued a statement saying the detainee is considered “a risk to national security" for his links to the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group.

In an interview with Argentina’s Clarin newspaper in May 2013, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said militants from 29 different countries were fighting against the government in different parts of the country.

London-based defense consultancy IHS Jane's estimates that some 10,000 militants are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as al-Nusra Front, and the rest fight for different militant groups.

Syria sank into war in March 2011 when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.


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