Watch: Foreign fighter weeps as he sets off on Syria suicide mission
Published 23/09/2015 | 18:46
A young militant in Syria has been filmed bursting into tears as he sets off on the suicide bombing mission that will end his life.
The young man, a foreign fighter with an Uzbek militia aligned with Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, is seen in the video with his head poking out of the top of an armoured vehicle packed with explosives.
The narration gives his name as Jafar al-Tayyar, and he appears to be in his early twenties. It praises him as "first volunteer mujahid of Mawarannahr," according to a translation provided by Radio Free Europe, which found the video on Youtube before it was taken down.
Mawarannahr is a term used to refer to Central Asian countries.
As the young man climbs into the vehicle he buckles and breaks down crying. In Uzbek, another fighter tells him that Satan is trying to frighten him.
"Jafar, my brother, don't be afraid. When you are scared, remember Allah," the militant says.
He says in reply that he is only afraid of failing in his mission.
The vehicle is then seen driving into the distance, before exploding in an enormous cloud.
The Uzbek group, Imam Bukhari Jamaat, is fighting as part of the Jaish al-Fatah, or Victory Army, an alliance of mostly Islamist militias in north-west Syria which includes Jabhat al-Nusra.
This particular attack was on the Shia town of Fuaa. It has remained loyal to president Bashar al-Assad, despite being entirely surrounded by rebel-held, largely Sunni territory, for more than three years.
For much of that time there was an effective stand-off. But in recent weeks, Jaish al-Fatah have launched a furious attack in retaliation, they say, for a regime and Hizbollah-led siege of Zabadani, a Sunni-majority town near the Lebanese border.
In recent days, members of the Jaish al-Fatah and the regime’s Iranian backers have signed a ceasefire supposed to cover both towns.