Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Syria arrests some Kuwaitis

Syrian "security authorities" have arrested "some Kuwaitis" trying to enter Iraq to fight US troops.

Syrian security authorities recently arrested some Kuwaitis near the Syrian-Iraqi border while they were attempting to enter Iraq to fight a holy war against the US forces in Fallujah, reports Al-Rai Al-Aam daily quoting reliable sources. The same sources said the Syrian authorities had earlier reported the arrest of a 23-year-old Kuwaiti man, identified only as Ali M.H.M., who was deported to Kuwait three days ago aboard a Kuwait Airways flight after thorough investigations. Ali was arrested in June 2004, two weeks after his arrival in Syria, say sources.

The daily quoted unidentified security sources as saying the Syrian authorities have made arrangements to deport another Kuwaiti citizen, identified as Ahmad H.D., 29, who was arrested a week ago near the Iraqi border. It has been reported Ahmad was carrying an introductory message to some personalities in Fallujah. In the message Ahmad has been described as a sincere jihadist. However, the name of the sender has been kept secret for security reasons. The same sources said a Kuwait army officer in the rank of 1st lieutenant is in custody of the Syrian authorities.

The officer, identified only as Ahmad Q., was arrested last month upon his arrival via the UAE. Ahmad's name was often mentioned during interrogations by the so-called "jihadists" describing him as one of the key personalities who prepares youth for jihad in Iraq.

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