Jama'a al-Islamiya: Dozens of jihadis to join Syrian rebels within days

News article, posted 08.27.2012, from Syria, in:
Jama'a al-Islamiya: Dozens of jihadis to join Syrian rebels within days (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Assem Abdel Maged, media official at Jama'a al-Islamiya, has said that a group of jihadis are ready to travel to Syria within days to join the rebels in an attempt to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Abdel Maged told Al-Masry Al-Youm that other groups had previously fought overseas, including in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, denied rumors that he had taken up arms in Syria.

"I did not and will not travel to Syria, and I have no intention to leave Egypt now to start with,” he said. “All that has been said about me traveling with jihadis to Syria is absolutely not true."

Magdy Salem, leader of Tala'e al-Fateh (Vanguards of Islamic Conquest), one of the jihadi movements that split from the Egyptian Islamic Jihad movement, said that his movement has not officially called for its members to travel to Syria.

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