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As Syria Files List of 108 Foreign Fighters with UNSC, Of External Support

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 19 -- Syria has filed the UN Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a list of "108 foreign nationals who were arrested by the Syrian authorities" on charges of terrorism. Inner City Press has obtained the October 19 cover letter and list, and puts them online here.

  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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