“Let me be clear. I am an Islamist, my fighters are
Islamists. But there is more than one type of Islamist,” he told
Reuters. “These men coming fought in insurgencies like Iraq.
They are too extreme, they want to blow up any symbol of the
state, even schools.”
Seventeen months into the uprising against Assad, Syria’s
rebels are grateful for the support of Islamist fighters from
around the region. They bring weapons, money, expertise and
determination to the fight.
But some worry that when the battle against Assad is over
they may discover their allies – including fighters from the
Gulf, Libya, Eastern Europe or as far as the
Pakistan-Afghanistan border area – have different aims than most