Wednesday, 25 February 2015

chechen man convicted of fighting in syria has sentence slashed

Chechen Man Convicted Of Fighting In Syria Has Sentence Slashed
'Mazhaeyev also argued that he had returned to Chechnya after becoming disillusioned with "jihad" in Syria, where he had gone to "defend Muslims" against the Assad government.It is also not clear which group Mazhayev fought with. Some reports said that Mazhyaev fought with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is very unlikely to be the case, as there are no known cases of people from the North Caucasus fighting with any of the local Syrian groups operating under the umbrella of the FSA.'
This is the No True Scotsman* fallacy. He can't have been fighting with the Free Syrian Army, because anyone who goes to Syria to fight Assad must be some sort of mad jihadi. A version of this is how the Western Left writes off the Syrian struggle. The link is from Radio Free Europe, who don't seem to be doing a very good job of carrying on some CIA mission to back radical Islamists against the axis of resistance and Assad's secular government, because none of those things are real. The picture they use to illustrate this story is of course of ISIS fighters, not any of the groups fighting Assad Mazhaeyev might have joined.

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