Tunisian jihadists held in Syria

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 08, 2012 04:40 hrs

Tunis, Oct 8 (IANS) Three Tunisian jihadists have been arrested by the Syrian army, Xinhua reported.

According to Shems FM, the three belong to a group of foreign fighters, dubbed "Jibhat Nosrat El Shem", who are supporting the rebel Free Syrian Army against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

It is estimated that hundreds of Tunisian jihadists are currently fighting against Assad's troops.

The Syrian conflict has claimed up to 20,000 lives, according to various groups. The UN puts the toll at over 18,000 people, while Syrian authorities say 8,000 have died.

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