Damascus, August 31: Syria is affected by the civil war since many years due to which thousands of civilians lost their lives while millions were displaced. However, the civil war in Syria has erupted due to clashes between many terrorist organizations and government forces. At least 1,70,000 foreign terrorists have fought under different banners throughout Syria’s civil war.
These 1,70,000 foreign terrorists are continuously spreading bloodshed in the country with no other mission but only to suppress the will of the Syrian people. Islamic State, Hezbollah, Army of Quds, Asaeb Ahl al-Haq, Fatimiyyun Battalions are some terrorist organizations are battling with each other on the basis of Shia and Sunni communities but civilians are the most suffering.
Over 80,000 foreigners from countries such as Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France and the Caucasus have been recruited and traveled to Syria between 2013 and 2016 to fight alongside ISIS. This recruitment has been ongoing since 2013.
Foreigners comprised up to 85% of ISIS terrorists, and despite the operation launched in mid-2016 to rout the terror organization from Iraq and Syria, over 20,000 foreign terrorists are still fighting alongside ISIS. Shia fighters from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Bahrain and Lebanon helped bolster the collapsing Syrian Army.
Over 35,000 Shia terrorists fought against opposition forces on fronts across Syria, including Hezbollah, Army of Quds, Asaeb Ahl al-Haq and the Fatimiyyun Battalions. In the years between 2012 and 2015, the number of foreign terrorists fighting under the banner of the PYD was limited to 150- 200, however, their numbers in mid-2017 reached to 7,000 fighters. PKK/PYD calls “The International Battalion,” which comprises of fighters from over 27 countries including, the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, UK, Armenia, Denmark, Russia, China and Korea.
These foreign terrorists also get the salaries from different terror organizations. Iranian-backed Hezbollah pays its terrorists a monthly salary of $700, while Shia Afghan and Pakistani soldiers receive $150. Daesh pays its married fighters $650 monthly, while those who are single receive only $200. Those fighting among the ranks of the PKK/PYD terrorist organization receive monthly salaries ranging between $130- 250. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.