Irishman who fought in Syria: 'I can see why some men would become radicalised' When the situation in Syria seems complex, it is because the media has made no attempt to explain it, as in Ireland, where Muslims going to show their solidarity with the fight against Assad are lumped in with foreign fighters going to fight for ISIS. "My journey to Syria was on a mission. It wasn’t to a religious war of any sorts. But the mission in general was to topple the dictatorship. And our mission in particular was to help the Syrians themselves: train them how to protect themselves, how to maintain their weapons to topple the regime."