British Nationals Fight with al Qaeda in Syria

VICE NEWS exclusive footage and interviews with British nationals fighting with al Qaeda in Syria.

Yesterday, MI5 Director-General Andrew Parker announced that hundreds of British Muslims have travelled to Syria to take part in “terrorist tourism”. Today, we present exclusive video footage and interviews with British nationals fighting with al Qaeda in Syria. In the film, two young men with British accents echo the sentiments expressed by Lee Rigby’s killer Michael Adebolajo and declare jihad against the UK and United States.

“I say to the United States that your time will come,” says one of the men, who gives his age as 26, “and we will bleed you to death and, Inshallah, shall raise a flag in the White House.”

The second jihadist calls on the British public to rise up against the government: “Like the guy in Woolwich, he explained that David Cameron would never walk on the street, and he’ll never get shot in the face, whereas you guys who are soldiers, or just normal folk, will take the blame for the crimes that are committed worldwide, by Britain itself, so we have to fight.”

The film also shines a light on the communication difficulties that arise when radicalised extremists from Britain, France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo and Turkey, among other countries, get together to fight on the front line.

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U.S. allies let funds flow to al Qaeda in Syria

U.S. allies let funds flow to al Qaeda in Syria

The United States has had limited success cutting off funding to the al  Qaeda-linked fighters and foreign jihadists flowing into Syria — in part because of a lack of cooperation on the part of Middle Eastern allies,  Intelligence and national security community sources say.

Officials say they are tracking the movements of funds from various wealthy  individuals in the Persian Gulf, but the governments of key Gulf countries are  reluctant to crack down.

“Unless the money is actually in the U.S. financial system, you have to point  out to these governments where the money is going and try to work with them to  make sure it goes to legitimate groups,” said one U.S. official who spoke with  The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of  intelligence related to tracking such money.

“The U.S. can’t shut down bank accounts in Kuwait or Qatar,” the  official said. “We can tell them, ‘Look at what this person is doing.’”

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