Hardcore jihadist resurfaces in France using… EU-paid student exchange program
Last week, several human rights groups celebrated the arrest of a man named Majdi Mustafa Nameh, a humble 30-something student. He is better known under his nom-de-guerre, Islam Alloush, which he used while serving as the spokesman for the jihadist group Jaysh al-Islam. He resigned in August 2016, after giving an interview to an Israeli researcher.
Following his arrest in Marseille, the man was charged with "war crimes" and "complicity in enforced disappearances."
Islam Alloush (Majdi Naame), the former spokesman of Jaysh al-Islam, a Syrian rebel group responsible for grave human rights abuses, was just arrested in France https://t.co/XKFF7fHTBYMy interview w/ Alloush that ended his career https://t.co/qygUxsmmc8— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) January 31, 2020
Alloush was personally involved in kidnappings, torture and forced enlistment of children into the fighting ranks of the militant group, say the three NGO’s who helped track him down and arrest.
According to AFP, at that time the bald-headed bearded ex-jihadist has reinvented himself and was living in France on an Erasmus student visa, meaning his stay in southern France was covered by the European Union. He was reportedly enlisted in the Aix-Marseille University for a three month course, and arrived on French soil in early January. He spent previous years in Turkey studying at the Istanbul University, but had also visited Hungary as a student.Also on rt.com From terrorist to ‘songbird’: Syrian goalie eulogized by Western media glorified 9/11 and ISIS
Apparently his self-explained experience in “revolutionary activities” qualified the retired “moderate rebel” for some quality time in Provence. Jaysh al-Islam, meanwhile, has called for release of their former senior member, saying the charges against him must be dropped. They said allegations against him tarnish their image.
You can’t make this up Jeish al-Islam spokesman, Islam Alloush’ s letter to université de Provence asking for EU-funded erasmus scholarship He boasts about his 50k followers on Twitter Presents himself as Researcher Specialized in #Syria ‘s conflict pic.twitter.com/xScMxqSX9q— EHSANI2 (@EHSANI22) February 2, 2020
Jaysh al-Islam, or Army of Islam, was mostly active in Douma, the suburb of Damascus that was liberated by the Syrian government forces in April 2018. While not as graphically violent as their rivals from Islamic State, the group was still notorious for its atrocities. In 2015, a video emerged showing Alawite civilians held in cages in Douma as human shields against government attacks on terrorists.
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