‘‘Syria, 50 Italians with the rebels’’

Published on 19 June 2013 at 10:25

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A 25-year-old muslim convert, wanted by police in Italy for recruiting terrorists, was killed fighting alongside the Syrian rebels in the battle for Qusayr in recent weeks, reveals La Repubblica.

According to Italian islamic community members quoted by the daily, “45-50 people have left Italy to join the Syrian rebels,” including a woman, and at least seven Italian converts are among the 300 Western fighters captured and currently held by the Syrian army.

Foreign Minister Emma Bonino downplayed the possibility of an “Islamic wave from Italy,” but intelligence services fear that these volunteers might carry out terrorist acts when they return to Italy.

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