Not really comprehending what this is
- More foreign fighters - well, they can create (repeat) ‘mistakes’ (Like depicted in this report by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad) or learn and do better
- Influence local Syrian rebels
- Creating network (Yemen, Libya, even UK - etc) - of ideologies and expertise
- They might stay or leave Syria etc
But - I might just should google around to get what he is really trying to say.
More foreign fighters will pour into Syria the longer president Assad maintains his grip on power, the British government said today.
Foreign office minister Alistair Burt warned the worsening civil war would attract jihadists to the country to fill the void created by fierce battles between Assad’s forces and rebels, the Press Association reports.
He would not confirm claims from a British war photographer held hostage in Syria that 30% of his captors were British jihadists.
Mr Burt said: “It must be true to say that since the initial pressure and opposition against the Assad regime, which was local, the fight has been joined by others.
“We said at a very early stage that unless this finished early, unless the proposals to have a ceasefire and get political transition going in Syria among Syrians happened, then the fight would be joined by others from outside. There is clear evidence of this.
“The longer it goes on, without that ceasefire and political discussion, the worse that will get.”
Mr Burt told BBC Radio 4’s World At One the battle for Syria’s second city, Aleppo, showed why a UN security council resolution increasing the pressure on Assad should have been agreed earlier this month. The move was vetoed by the Russians and Chinese.