‘Violent clashes in the city of Ma’an in south Jordan’
Reports are coming in from Jordan of the renewal of violent clashes between security forces and a number of the residents of the city of Ma’an in the south of the country. Eyewitnesses say that clashes broke out in the Hijaziah and Shamiah districts in addition to the area around the security headquarters in the north of the city.
A notable German scholar recently said to me: “after the fall of the Brothers from power you talk a lot these days about the need to separate religion from the state; however the reality is that Islamism will continue to be one of the realities of political life in the Arab region whether the rule of the brotherhood had fallen or not.
This video from BBC Arabic shows training camps in Syria for Christians, some of whom have come from Europe, to fight in the civil war.
أوروبيون مسيحيون يقاتلون في سوريا حماية لأبناء دينهم
كل في سوريا يشن حربه المقدسة، ولم يعد هذا حصرا على الجهاديين. شبان مسيحيون أروبيون يخرجون من بلدانهم للانضمام لمجموعات كهذه.
“سوتورو”، مجموعة مسلحة مسيحية تقاتل في محافظة الحسكة شمال شرقي سوريا، مع بعض الفصائل الكردية ضد مسلحي القاعدة.
مركز الدراسات السويسري اجنفور، أعطى بي بي سي حق استخدام هذه الصور.
وقد التقيت رئيس المركز ليشرح لي عن وضع المسيحيين هناك.
تقرير مراد بطل الشيشاني.
Video: European Christians fighting in Syria in “protection of their faith”
Of all the groups who are waging a Holy war in Syria, the Jihadists no longer have a monopoly. European Christian youth are leaving their countries and joining these groups.
“Sotoro” is an armed Christian group fighting in al-Hasakah province in the north-east of Syria alongside armed Kurdish groups against al-Qaeda militants.
The Swiss Centre for Studies gave the BBC the right to use these images.
The BBC met with the head of the centre to discuss the situation of the Christians in Syria.
Report from Mourad Batal al-Shayshani.
Translated by Hamish Kinnear. Full article available here
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