British militant says fighting in Syria is like a career

British militant says fighting in Syria is like a career
Thu Feb 20, 2014 17:50:16

A British extremist militant fighting in Syria has posted a video on YouTube, saying that being a militant in the war-torn country is “like a career”.

The clip, posted under the name of Abu Bakr, shows the balaclava-clad man kneeling in front of a 4x4 adorned with flags.

In a strong London accent, he says, “You don’t just come here, put on a tactical vest, pick up a Kalashnikov, grow a big beard and that’s it.”
“This is a career, it’s life. It’s not just something you can put on Instagram or Facebook.”

“It is not as easy as putting up your feet on the couch after a hard day’s work on the corner.”

He adds, “It is not easy to come and stand in front of a tank while it launches at you. It is not easy to raise this simple piece of metal and pull the trigger.”

The man is in a faction of UK militants which is thought to be headed by two Londoners.

A British defense study in September 2013 showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.

The report estimates that some 10,000 militants are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and the rest fight for different militant groups.
The analysis also said that a large number of extremists from foreign countries are active in Syria.

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

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.


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