British Islamists are the largest group of foreign fighters in Syria helping al-Qaida and other terrorist groups to battle the Syrian military and helping to overthrow the brutal and oppressive regime of President Bashir al-Assad. They are also considered the most violent and murderous terrorists fighting against the Syrian military, according to one of the rebel commanders for a Western-sponsored rebel army in a letter to a London newspaper on Tuesday.
In his letter to the British newspaper The Times of London, Brig. Gen. Abdulellah al-Basheer of the Free Syrian Army claimed that possibly a majority of members of the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), came to Syria to fight alongside Islamist forces from the United Kingdom.
Gen. Basheer also claimed that these "Britons" are responsible for the most brutal acts against the Syrians, including men, women and children.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is also called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and it originated in Iraq under the name al-Qaida in Iraq (AQII), a group responsible for the increase in terrorist bombings and gun battles in Iraq.
The general also wrote that the ISIL members are responsible for “beheadings, crucifixions, beatings, murders [and] outdated methods of treating women” in the Arab country. The Examiner has reported on incidents in which Syrian jihadists butchered innocent civilians and even some non-Islamist rebels.
In one incident, the Examiner reported that "an al Qaeda-linked group of rebels violently invaded the predominately Christian town of Maaloula on Sunday, according to a contracted counterterrorism analyst for law enforcement agencies."
The Syrian rebel commander asked in his letter for the British government to help to overthrow Assad's forces and to keep the Islamists at bay by sending weapons to him and the FSA to combat the terrorist groups. He also warned that a failure to curb the jihadists might end up hurting the UK with British Muslim terrorists returning home to continue the jihad locally.
Charles Farr, Britain’s top counterterrorism official, has warned that the security threat from the jihadists fighting in Syria is now an additional threat facing the British police and intelligence agencies.
The British Home Secretary Theresa May told the Daily Telegraph that from among the 1,000 Westerners fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over 300 are British nationals.