A 22 year old fighter has been stripped of his UK passport while fighting in Syria. Sufyan Mustafa has effectively been stranded and rendered stateless by UK authorities. Sufyan Mustafa is also the son of jailed cleric Abu Hamza, who is currently serving a life sentence in the US. Abu Hamza is best known for his controversial stance against western powers.
“My passport has been revoked and I have been labeled as a terrorist for fighting to save those poor innocent people from this barbaric regime. I was never part of ISIS or Alqaida or any other terror organization. I am simply being labeled as a terrorist because I stood beside the Syrian people while the rest of the world abandoned them,” Sufyan Mustafa told OGN. Mustafa stated that he was born and raised in the UK and has no other nationality to call upon.
Mustafa traveled to Syria in 2013 and has been fighting in the ranks of rebel fighters since then, participating in numerous battles against the regime of Bashar Assad. He maintains he hasn’t done anything that thousands of other British nationals haven’t done throughout history. “This is not about citizens joining a civil war abroad because back in 1930 almost 3000 British citizens participated in the Spanish civil war. Today we see a number of British nationals in Syria teaming with the YPG and the PKK. Furthermore there are hundreds of British citizens enlisted within the Israeli Defense Force (IDF),” Mustafa said.
He maintains that he has absolutely no regrets in coming to Syria and when asked what his future plans are he said, “I plan to return home. I have appealed against the Home Office’s decision not because I regret coming to Syria, but because when the war is over , I will go back and resume my normal life. I am not ashamed and I will never apologize for fighting a dictator that is a disgrace to humanity.”
There has been a serious push by western authorities in recent years to either jail Muslim fighters returning from Syria under terrorism charges or block their return. Why authorities seem to be complacent when it comes to returning fighters who have participated in the ranks of non Muslim groups and organizations remains a mystery.
“Let my name stand among those who are willing to fight and bear the pain for freedom, for I will never bow down to this regime,” Sufyan Mustafa said defiantly.
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