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How do Egyptian jihadists get to Syria?

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Feb 20, 2013 at 07:49

Dr. Pipes

I re-watched the video of the recent interview by Yousri Fouda of two Egyptian jihadists and about Egyptian jihadists that are fighting in Syria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DjgMQSMwPy4#!

And as you are aware it is very difficult to impossible for Egyptians to get visitor visas to go any where

So this is how it works: Egyptian jihadists know very well that if they want to enter Syria via Turkey then they must fly to Turkey and then find a way to get to the Syrian border but the obstacles here Egyptians cannot enter Turkey without a visitor's visa which the Turks do not seem to grant to any Egyptian that look like a jihadist and all the names of those granted visitor visas are sent to the Egyptian Amn al-Dawla (whether al-ikhwan do something about it or not no one really knows)

So the conclusion here is that Egyptian jihadists do not enter Syria via Turkey

Could it be via Iraq? Less likely as it seems that the favorite route is Lebanon because Egyptians do not need visitor visas to travel to Lebanon

So this is how it works: Egyptian jihadists fly to Lebanon and then it is a taxi ride to the Syrian border which is not very far from the airport in Beirut

Would the Obama adminstration do something about it? I doubt it very much

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