AMMAN — Six Jordanian nationals have been killed while fighting alongside jihadist forces in Syria, Islamist sources say, as a growing number of Jordanians take up arms to wage a “holy war” against the Damascus regime.
According to the source, six Jordanian nationals were killed on Friday and Saturday during fierce firefights between Syrian regime troops and jihadist forces on the outskirts of Damascus.
The six men, known members of the Jordanian jihadist Salafist movement, had spent the past two months fighting alongside the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat Al Nusra coalition in the southern city of Daraa and the Damascene countryside, the source added.
Mousa Abdullat, defence attorney and representative of the Jordanian jihadist movement, confirmed the deaths, which raised the total number of Jordanian Islamist fighters killed in Syria to 31.
The attorney declined to identify the killed fighters, who, he said, hailed from Amman, Zarqa and Maan.
Meanwhile, Syrian jihadist groups have reported an influx of Jordanian fighters, with “dozens” of Jordanian men crossing into Syria to wage “holy war” against Damascus each month.
According to an Islamist source, “a recent influx has pushed the total number of Jordanian fighters in Syria to 400” — making the group the largest contingent of foreign fighters in the country.
The vast majority of Jordanians fighting in Syria have joined Jabhat Al Nusra, where dozens of them have risen to senior leadership positions.
In December, the jihadist coalition tapped Zarqa resident Mustafa Abdul Latif Al Saleh, also known as Abu Anas Al Sahaba as commander — or emir — of jihadist forces in Syria, while an estimated 50 Jordanians are leading battalions of Islamist militants across the country.
Despite actively encouraging and facilitating the entry of Jordanian fighters to Syria, the Jordanian jihadist movement denies any organisational links with Al Nusra coalition.