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Malaysia militants in Syria flaunting their exploits on social media

Published on Jun 27, 2014 9:45 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Unlike the mercenaries of previous generation who hid their faces and fought shy of publicity, Malaysian militants joining the "jihadist" movement in Syria today are openly boasting about their exploits, posting selfies and videos on Facebook and YouTube.

At least four of them are openly sharing their photographs and experiences on social media.

They are believed to have been recruited by the ruthless Jabhat al-Nusra or Al Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda offshoot behind decapitations and murders in Syria and Lebanon.

A search on the Internet revealed websites in Bahasa Malaysia that glorify the exploits of these Malaysian militants. The most well-known among these militants is former Kedah PAS Youth information chief Ustaz Mohd Lotfi Ariffin, whose supporters also blog about his exploits.

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