As hundreds of thousands of weary Syrian refugees stream out of the war-torn nation, whole families from Central Asia are rapidly replacing them, courtesy of one of the many world-wide branches of al Qaeda, as reported by the Catholic news agency Asia News (of Rome, Italy) on Oct. 18, 2013.
In what will strike sane people as a family holiday get-a-way gone horribly wrong, the al Qaeda-run terrorist organization The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant/Eastern Mediterranean (ISIL) has opened on-line travel agencies offering groups as large as 150 the chance to travel to Syria to join in the armed Islamic Jihad against the government of Bashar al-Assad.
Realizing that singular individuals or small groups might draw attention from authorities, jihadists believe the tactic of bringing the wife and kids along could avert suspicious elsewhere.
Truth Is Stranger than Fiction…
Sounding more like a satirical piece from The Onion, ISIL’s social media site recently upload a propaganda video titled “Letters from Epic Battlefields, the Hospitality of a Jihadist Family” which highlights the exploits of a family from the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan who recently made it to the battlefields of Syria, kids and all.
One of the youths who appears to be in his mid-teens refers to himself only as ‘Abdel-Rahman the Kazakh’ stated he journeyed to Syria “to fulfill his duty as set out by the precepts of Islam.”
Abdel-Rahman then recited a verse from the Koran that glorified martyrdom.
Another individual who presumably is the head of the family, praises God for “allowing the family to emigrate and to be together in Syria to fulfill its duty of jihad.”