Pakistani Taliban set up base in Syria
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani insurgents have visited Syria to establish a base and to assess "the needs of the jihad" in the volatile Arab country, BBC reported, saying the facility was set up with the assistance of ex-Afghan fighters of Middle Eastern origin.
The Pakistani Taliban had sent a dozen experts in guerrilla warfare and information technology to Syria in the last two months, a senior insurgent leader was quoted as saying. The Taliban presence in the country could have a sectarian motive.
Sunni Muslims, who constitute a majority in Syria, are being oppressed by predominantly Shiite rulers, according to the Taliban. Mohammad Amin, a Taliban operative coordinator of the Syrian base, said the cell was set up six months ago.
Approved by the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the base reportedly sends “information and feedback” on the Syrian conflict back to Pakistan. “They were facilitated by our friends in Syria who have previously been fighting in Afghanistan,” Amin told BBC Urdu.
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