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2,000 Persian Gulf Arabs Fighting in Syria - Saudi Mufti

© AFP 2021 / BARAA AL-HALABIA rebel fighter from the "First Battalion" under the Free Syrian Army takes part in a military training on June 10, 2015, in the rebel-held countryside of the northern city of Aleppo
A rebel fighter from the First Battalion under the Free Syrian Army takes part in a military training on June 10, 2015, in the rebel-held countryside of the northern city of Aleppo - Sputnik International
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2,000 Arabs from the Persian Gulf states are fighting in Syria for terrorist groups, Mufti Mousa al-Qanami was quoted as saying by Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper on Thursday.

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"The are 2,000 people active in ISIL, al-Nusrah, Ansar al-Din and Ahrar al-Sham terrorist groups," Qanami said, adding that most of these terrorists are from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar each released 3,000 of their convicts that had been sentenced by various criminal courts in 2013 after they agreed to fight against the Syrian government in return for good pay, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

Earlier reports said that Saudi Arabia was supplying Israeli-made weapons to anti-Assad forces in Northern Syria via Turkey.

The foreign-backed terrorist commanders operating in Northern Syria have received state-of-the-art weapons from Saudi Arabia, the Palestine-based Arabic-language Al-Manar newspaper quoted western sources as saying in June.

Newly emerged footage showed trucks belonging to Turkey's intelligence agency smuggling weapons into Syria in a bid to strengthen the hand of terror groups operating there.

Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet reported that the trucks were carrying a total of 1,000 mortar shells, 80,000 rounds of ammunition for light and heavy weapons as well as hundreds of grenade launchers.

The Turkish government has denied all claims that it is arming the anti-government militants fighting in Syria.

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