Bleak prospects for French Islamist fighter jailed in Syria
AFP – Djamel Amer al-Khedoud, a 50-year-old grandfather moved by television images of Syria’s violent conflict, left Marseille in France to join rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
But after arriving in Syria’s neighbour Turkey, a stroke of bad luck landed him in a Damascus jail instead.
Khedoud’s beard is long and white, and he wears a traditional Arab galabiyeh, or robe. He is extremely thin, and says he has spent his whole life doing odd jobs.
At the age of 50, Khedoud believed he had found his true calling, to wage jihad — holy war — in Syria, where the UN says more than 60,000 people have been killed in the 22-month conflict.
The Syrian authorities allowed an AFP journalist to interview Khedoud in a Damascus detention facility, in an apparent bid to disprove anti-regime pan-Arab media claims of restrictions on foreign news outlets in the country.
H/T Magic Martin and thank you Bear for the translation