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Syria UN List of Foreign Fighters Has Libyan Busboy & "Terrorists" From Tunisia

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 12 -- Amid suicide car bombingss in Damascus, German Ambassador to the UN Peter Wittig while condemning the bombs on May 10 told the press that Bashar al Assad's "failure to comply" had "fueled" this.

  An hour later Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari told Inner City Press that 26 foreign fighters arrested in his country came from Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, Egypt and Jordan. Now Inner City Press has obtained Syria's list, translated into English, and puts it online here.

  Most of the 26 "detained Arab nationals" on the list are Tunisians described as entering Syria through Turkey and "using arms against Syrian Arab Army forces in response to fatwas issued by takfiri religious figures in Tunisia."

  Several are described as having previously been imprisoned for terrorism and even "pardoned and freed after the Tunisian revolution."

  One was arrested after being solicited to go to Iraq for similar fighting. The car bombs in Damascus, while blamed by some on the government, are reminiscent of the carnage that became a daily occurrence in Iraq.

They are listed as students, engineers, farmers and drivers; one counterfeiter and a smuggler of "narcotic pills" from Lebanon; even a restaurant worker from Libya.

  Ja'afari on May 10 described a ship of weapons from Libya meant for fighters in Syria; he told Inner City Press that the UN mission UNIFIL didn't stop it because "UNIFIL is only to protect Israel."

  What will happen with these names, and these people? Several are alleged to be members of Al-Qaida. Yesterday, Inner City Press wrote about the Al Qaida sanctions committee and its various listings. Will these individuals be listed? And what of the referenced killed fighter from Belgium, the UK and France? Watch this site.

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