According to Syrian TV, General Abdullah Al-Khaledi, a senior officer at the Syrian Air Force, was killed Tuesday in Damascus. The television report said he was shot in one of the capital’s neighborhoods. It should be recalled that the rebels had threatened the assassination of Syrian officers, especially those from the Air Force, if they continue to commit “crimes” ordered by the regime.
Meanwhile, a prominent Saudi preacher Sheikh Salman Al-Audah, called on young Muslims not to travel to Syria in order to not renew the Afghan Jihadi experience. “The arrival of young people in Syria from Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt to fight the regime will only complicate the crisis and repeat the Afghanistan crisis,” said the preacher on his website.
“Leave Syria to the Syrians, they do not lack courage and are quite numerous (…) they do not need more fighters, but more funds and weapons,” he said, adding that a small number of foreign fighters would not change the course of the conflict.
He stressed that the presence of Arab fighters in Syria could bring “the Arab and European countries to stop supporting the Syrian people in their battle against Bashar al-Assad and his regime who claims to battle terrorists being infiltrated into Syria” .
Sheikh Salman Al-Audah is the deputy secretary general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, based in Qatar, which is chaired by Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradaoui, the mentor of the Muslim Brotherhood.
On October 16, members of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria noted that the presence of foreign fighters was a dangerous element in the “radicalization” of the Syrian conflict.
Two days later, the Syrian government accused Riyadh and Ankara of having signed a “pact” with Al-Qaeda to organize the transfer of the extremist fighters to Syria.