1. Saudi Arabia Sent Condemned Prisoners to Fight in Syria, Newspaper Report

    January 21, 2013

    This post comes under the heading of “Stranger than Truth.” An Arabic news service calling itself the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) has obtained what it claims is a top secret Saudi Arabian Ministry of the Interior document, which states that the Saudi government has sent several dozen prisoners condemned to death by beheading to Syria to wage jihad against the Bashar al-Assad regime in return for commutation of their sentences.

    Honest… that’s what the report states. Ordinarily I would not have paid much attention to the report, except that the article’s author attached a copy of the original April 17, 2012 Saudi Arabian government directive and a version of the document translated into English.

    According to the Saudi document, the Saudi’s commuted the sentences of 1,239 condemned prisoners if they would go and wage jihad in Syria. The families of the prisoners were also to receive a monthly salary from the Saudi government in return for their service, but the families were to remain in Saudi Arabia so as to ensure that the prisoners would follow through on their commitment to fight.

    The full text of the article and the facsimile of the Saudi Arabian government report can be viewed here.

    My thanks to Dr. Martin Rudner for sending this report to me.

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