Extremists Recruiting for Attacks Against Regime
As violence takes off nationwide, fears of a Syrian Civil War continue to grow. Often lost in this is the growing number of suicide attacks carried out against the regime by al-Qaeda style organizations. But where are they getting their recruits?
As it turns out, a number of the recruits are coming from Tunisia, where religious extremists who were in that nation for the first Arab Spring revolution have taken to heading abroad to launch bombing attacks against the Assad regime.
Its surprising, given Tunisia’s secular nature, but decades of violent repression against Islamists have turned what the nation does have into extremely radical and extremely violent jihadists. It is believed that Tunisians are the largest group of foreign fighters in Syria.
This is just another of Syria’s many problems today, but could become Tunisia’s problems tomorrow, as the fighters gain experience and international terrorist contacts and will eventually return home.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- As Israel Moves Rightward, Many Are Annoyed Military Isn't Going With Them - May 30th, 2016
- Libyan Oil Forces Capture Town From ISIS After Heavy Fighting - May 30th, 2016
- In Surprise Move, Netanyahu Willing to Discuss Arab Peace Initiative - May 30th, 2016
- NATO Plans Yet More Troops in Eastern Europe at 'Landmark Summit' - May 30th, 2016
- US-Backed Syrian Kurds Expand Anti-ISIS Push, Targeting Tabqa - May 30th, 2016