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In Syria's List of 108 Foreign Fighters, Traffic in Arms & People, Al Qaeda

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 20 -- Syria on October 19 turned in to the UN Security Council a list of "108 foreign nationals who were arrested by the Syrian authorities" on charges of terrorism. Inner City Press on October 19 obtained the October 19 cover letter and list, and put them online here.

  The list includes 20 from Lebanon, a dozen Iraqis, 44 Tunisians, nine Jordanians and nine Palestinians; the rest are Libyans, Syrians or of dual nationality.

  There are allegations of bomb-making, erecting false police roadblocks, and kidnap for ransom. The finger is also pointed at the "An-Nahda Salafist party" in Egypt as being built up by Al Qaeda.

  A sample, 33rd out of the 108: Mohamed Houssine Faress -- "joined armed group" and contributed weapons -- and fighter and journalist -- trafficking from Lebanon. Alleged kidnapper.

Back in May, Syria turned in a list of 26 foreign fighters, on which Inner City Press also first reported.

  Since then, the Security Council has had much to say about terrorism, and armed groups with external support, most recently in a Friday afternoon, French-drafted Presidential Statement condemning any outside support to an armed group - M23 - in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  In that conflict, the UN and its Group of Experts make much of uniforms and contested ID cards which they say prove the foreignness or outside support of armed groups. So how does the Council respond to a list such as Syria has submitted? Watch this site.

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