‘Our Jihadists’ (1/2)

تم نشره في Mon 17 March / Mar 2014. 09:19 PM - آخر تعديل في Tue 18 March / Mar 2014. 06:55 PM

By Muhammad Aburumman

The Jihadi Salafist movement in Jordan announced recently the death of one of its sons in Syria, who was fighting with the "Jabhat Al Nusra" in Daraa — a young man at the age of 24, jihadist number 17 to be killed in Syria from the city of Ma'an alone.

According to the most prominent leaders of jihadists movement in the city, Abu Sayyaf, the number of Jordanians in Syria reached 1,500 people, most of them of the younger generation; in their twenties, and some of them younger than that.

The "volunteers" come from various governorates within the Kingdom: From Ma’an to Salt to Amman to Zarqa to Rusaifa, but a new indicator suggests that a large number of those come from Irbid and its refugee camp, as friends of ours in the camp say! This dangerous issue is not limited to those, actually, participating in the fighting in Syria.

One of the tragic scenes in the corridors of the State Security Court is the large number of young Jordanians who are behind bars, waiting for the provisions relating to joining the fighting in Syria with one of the groups that are Al-Qaeda-affiliated, like the Jabhat Al Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or for trying to infiltrate the borders!

There is no certainty about the number of people who are being tried on the background of these issues. But according to sources within the movement and their lawyers, there are more than a hundred people, between those who are detainees and those who are currently facing trial.

The other (important) indicator is that those with presence and power within those groups that are Al-Qaeda-affiliated or Jihadi Salafist affiliated, are Jordanians; Head of the Jabhat Al Nusra, Abu Mohammed Joulani, has called for Omar Mahmoud (Abu Qatada Al Falastini) and Issam Barqawi (Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi) to arbitrate in the conflict between Jabhat Al Nusra and ISIL.

The irony is that the two individuals named are in Jordanian prisons. Not only these two, but there is a group of influential personalities in Jordan, who are not directly involved with these groups — closer on an ideological level — but their views and positions are influential in what is happening in Syria, such as Dr. Iyad Quneibi and Dr. Akram Hijazi.

Even on the ground in Syria, the Jordanian there have influence and important positions within Jabhat Al Nusra, ICIL, and Ahrar Al Sham; the field leaders of Jabhat Al Nusra is in southern Jordan (such as named Abu Anas Al Sahabi and Abu Gelebeb).

One of the most important sources of legitimacy for the Jabhat Al Nusra is a Jordanian doctor, Sami Al Aridi, while there are multiple names in important positions withi ICIL mostly from Zarqa! The dilemma seems real here, that these young people are going to fight with groups for slogans and ideas based on the principles of sectarian and ideological conflict, rejecting democracy and pluralism — which is at odds with the core values and the demands of the revolution at its beginnings.

Indicators of the conflict in Syria suggest it will last for years to come; the military cannot completely takeover on one hand, and the lack of a political solution on the other. With the introduction of the fourth year of the Syrian revolution, tougher and more complicated stages were forecast, which means main two things: Firstly, an increasing number of Jordanian youth will engage in this conflict, and its effects will extend to Jordan.

Secondly, the conflict will extend to neighboring countries, and “Al Qaeda ideas” will spread, feeding on the chaos, sectarian conflict, and the state of public frustration among Sunni communities, Syrians, and enthusiastic young people.

More importantly is that "the jihadist community" that is growing within the Jordanian society, feeding on the Syrian revolution, and has leaders, prominent names, and youth enthusiasts… what to do?



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.