How A Kyrgyz Man Went To Syria For Jihad & Cash, But Wound Up Disabled

Saidmurat, 20, was promised thousands of dollars to fight on the battlefield alongside Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate.

But instead of hard cash and battlefield glory, all he got was an injury that left him an invalid.

Saidmurat is now recuperating at home in his native Jalal-Abad in southwestern Kyrgyzstan. He is also is being investigated by law-enforcement authorities, though it is not clear if he will be prosecuted.