120 more fighters are on their way to fight Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a key TTP commander told Dawn.com.
120 more fighters are on their way to fight Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a key TTP commander told Dawn.com.

PESHAWAR: The first of batch of Pakistani Taliban fighters has reached Syria and has established a command and control center to launch operational activities alongside Syrian rebels against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

A key commander of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Abdul Rashid Abbasi, confirmed the developments while speaking to Dawn.com on Monday. He also confirmed that “another batch of 120 to 150 fighters is on its way from different routes and will reach Syrian cities this week to join the force.”

“We shall be sending more volunteers, but can not give the exact numbers at this moment. We will provide whatever support is needed by our Syrian brothers,” Abbasi remarked.

A close associate of Taliban Amir (Chief) Hakeemullah Mehsud, confirming establishment of the Syrian base, said the TTT fighters had been sent upon the request of al Qaeda’s operational commander in Syria, Abu Omar Baghdadi.

He said Baghdadi had requested the Pakistani Taliban “to be part of a global jihad against the tyrant Syrian regime and we have agreed to send the fighters.”

The aide, who did not wish to be named, said: “Yes, the TTP has a global agenda of fighting jihad against the infidels and this movement of sending fighters is part of that spirit.”

“The Arabs had been here to support us against the Russians and the Americans and now we are going there to support them.”

The Pakistani Taliban have also asked its local chapters in Mohmand, Bajaur, Khyber, Orakzai and Waziristan Agencies to recruit fresh fighters who are willing to go to Syrian mission. Many of the youngsters have reportedly started registering their names to go on the foreign mission.

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Saeb Zaidi
Jul 16, 2013 02:30am

“The Arabs had been here to support us against the Russians and the Americans and now we are going there to support them.” What an argument! But let me reword it for your ease: “The Arabs had been here to support us against the Russians and the Americans and now we are going there to support a group of Arabs supported by the Americans against another group, to bring chaos to the Arab land.” Although I am myself against Asad whose lust of power has destroyed his prosperous country, yet TTP should mind its own business at least in this matter. What disrepute it will bring to Pakistan and not to mention Islam (all anti-Islamists must be laughing at us right now)!

Zak
Jul 16, 2013 02:31am

Hopefully they won't come back ever. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Totally worthless lot.

Tahir
Jul 16, 2013 03:27am

Can someone explain to me how these "volunteers" exit the country without a passport, traverse through Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey to reach Syria? And if this is true shame on the border control that these countries have.

Mustafa
Jul 16, 2013 10:45am

The news “the TTP has a global agenda of fighting jihad against the infidels” is not only against the teachings of Islam but also most detrimental to the entire Muslim world as this kind of behavior will make the entire non-Muslim world enemies of all Muslims in the world. Muslim countries should ensure President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is defeated but at the same time ensure that the Taliban of Pakistan are not only prevented from joining the Syrian rebels but also eliminated before reaching Syria. They are the worst enemies of Islam as well as enemies of humanity. (To continue on next post)

Mustafa
Jul 16, 2013 10:47am

Allah is the creator of all mankind including infidels and all have equal rights to live in this world and enjoy this world. If Allah wanted Muslims to fight all infidels, why would He say in the Holy Quran “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” Surah al-Hujurat (49:13) – Translated by Yusuf Ali

From the above Aya of the Holy Quran it is clear that Allah wants Muslims and Non-Muslims to co-exist and live in peace. Seeing the un-Islamic actions of the Talibans and no action by Islamic countries against them is not in the best interest of all Muslims of the world.

aqeel
Jul 16, 2013 12:52pm

While the global scenario for peace is deteriorating and participation of TTP in global terrorist activities is making waves, we must not forget that it is the same banned organization against which Pakistan Defence Forces have been pitching battle for a decade now and several innocent Pakistani civilians have lost their their lives to.

The Americans, who were pressurizing to suppress the militant organization in Pakistan, will now be providing arms to the same organization in Syria as they join forces against Assad.

How can TTP be against (at least superficially) American agenda in one country, and in favor in another country?

az
Jul 16, 2013 07:51pm

The government should not let these terrorist go to another country.