If we end up throwing our full support behind the rebels these are the kind of people we will be backing.
A jihadist who was one of hundreds to have escaped from Egyptian prisons during the uprising in Egypt in early 2011 was killed during recent fighting in Syria. The Egyptian fought the Qaddafi regime in Libya before traveling to Syria to battle President Bashir al Assad’s forces.
Ahmed Ref’at, an Egyptian from Kafr al Sheikh who was better known as Abu Al Bara’a, was killed on July 7 while battling Syrian security forces in an undisclosed location, according to a statement from a fellow jihadist that was released on terrorist-linked web forums. The statement was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Al Bara’a “left the prisons of Mubarak after the revolution and headed to do jihad in Libya with the revolutionaries, and he did jihad and returned after the death of Gaddafi . . . then he went and did jihad in Syria with the mujahideen against the Alawite Rafidah [Shi'ites],” the fellow jihadist reported, according to the SITE translation.
A video clip of al Bara’a fighting “in the glorious days of jihad in Libya” was also released on YouTube.
In a final statement attributed to Al Bara’a, he implored “all of the brothers . . . to join the convoy and know that there is nothing that is equal to jihad.”