The father of a Muslim teenager from Brighton killed in a battle in Syria called on the government to arm Islamist rebels in the country to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Abubaker Deghayes, whose son Abdullah was killed in fighting in Homs city earlier this month, called for British intervention to provide military hardware to the Syrian opposition as it fights against state forces.
Abdullah, 18, had been offered a place at Brighton University but chose to join hundreds of other young British men travelling to Syria to join the pre-dominantly Islamist opposition attempting to overthrow the Damascus government.
“Nobody’s intervening to stop the massacres there, this made him think of [this] action,” Mr Deghayes, who fled Col Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya to bring up his family in Britain. “British government should, if they want to help, step up the effort to stop Bashar and stop his killing machine, which is making this whole problem.
“They are capable of doing that – arming the Syrians to fight Bashar, to get rid of him. I think this would help everybody.”
Abdullah’s brothers, Jafar, 16, and Amer, 20, also travelled to Syria, where one was also injured in the fighting.
Mr Deghayes is the brother of the former Guantanamo inmate Omar Deghayes who secured a £1 million payout from the government over its complicity with his incarceration at the facility…
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Much as I feel sorry for any parent who has lost a child, this guy can take a hike. If three of his kids are fighting there, it sounds like the parents are as Islamist as all get out. Your contemptible religion is killing your children and the people of Syria.