Turkish militants fighting in Syria

Thousands of Turkish militants have reportedly crossed into the crisis-hit Syria and are now fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

According to a report by Turkish radio Kuresel Haber, militants from Turkey, including Turks and Kurds, are among the top non-Arab militants operating in Syria.

It also said that many of the terrorist snipers in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are Turkish nationals, adding that militants from the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front and other militant groups have turned a number of residential buildings in the city into their bases.

The report also added that militant groups in Aleppo have been divided into two, taking turns fighting against the Syrian army which has resulted in the continuation of clashes in the restive city around the clock.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.

A recent UN report revealed that militants from 29 countries have so far infiltrated into Syria to fight against the Damascus government, most of whom are extremist Salafists.

The Syrian government has repeatedly said that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals.

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