The Associated Press:
A Saudi cleric has advised Muslim youth against joining Syrian rebel fighters in the 19-month civil war against President Bashar Assad’s regime.
Salman al-Audah warns that their presence among the rebels might serve the Assad regime’s claim that the rebellion is the work of terrorist groups.
He told the Al-Jazeera satellite channel Monday that the Syrian rebels need money, weapons and prayers.
There have been reports that there are already some Saudi jihadists fighting with the rebels in Syria, but it is good to see al-Odah, a moderate voice with a sizable following among young Saudis, speak up against it. ♦