Canadian foreign fighter, identified as Abu Mansour al Muhajir, as shown in the video
In a newly released video, Western foreign fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Syria call on other Western Muslims to migrate to Syria and join ranks. The fighters include one Canadian and three French-speaking members of the largely Uighur al Qaeda-linked jihadist group.
The video, which mainly focuses on the perceived shortcomings and faults of Western society, includes testimonials from the aforementioned Western members, a French speaker from Mauritius, and one Arab member of the TIP. Each of the members give detailed accounts of their lives in their respective countries, discussing reported persecution and crimes against them and other Muslims.
As such, each fighter provides these examples as reasons for why they took up arms in Syria. The foreign fighters then proceed to make the case for why Syria, despite setbacks on the ground, is still a safe-haven for Western Muslims to avoid persecution and why Muslims globally should help defend it.
Many foreign fighters, mainly Arabs, are known to fight within the TIP’s ranks in Syria. The TIP began an alliance with French jihadist outfit, Firqatul Ghuraba, sometime in 2015 according to French analyst Historicoblog. Firqatul Ghuraba is led by Omar Diaby, a US-designated global terrorist with ties to al Qaeda. At least two French fighters have been killed within the TIP’s ranks, including one that was confirmed to have also been a member of Diaby’s group. As a result, members of Firqatul Ghuraba fight under the TIP’s command structure.
In media releases since, several French fighters, most presumably members of Firqatul Ghuraba, have been spotted in the background in both combat and non-combat situations. It is therefore likely that the French-speaking fighters shown today are also members of Omar Diaby’s group.
Other foreign fighters as seen in the video:
Fighter from Mauritius:
Member from Morocco: