A Brighton-based student who travelled to Syria to fight in a bloody uprising against the country’s presidential forces has said he has “no intention” of coming back home.
Saltdean youngster Amer Deghayes made the vow in new documentary footage shot in war-torn Syria in May this year.
The 20-year-old left home in January for the Middle East and was later joined by his brothers Abdullah, 18, and Jaffar, 16.
Younger brother Abdullah was killed in April while Amer was also injured.
In the footage shot by Vice News and released yesterday, he said he was answering the call of victory for the religion of Allah by heading to Syria.
He also talked about Abdullah’s death in the north-west province of Lattiker as they attempted to ambush army forces.
Amer, who is seen wearing a black North Face coat and an Islamic keffiyeh tied round his head, said his brother died at the front of the assault with army soldiers retreating in his wake.
He said: “He was killed for a really good cause and his death was a sign of martyrdom.
“As he fell back he smiled and he laughed.
“I have a very strong felling he is still alive.
“We believe that martyrs are not dead but are still alive and enjoying themselves in heaven.”
He told the filmmakers he researched the cause online before leaving and saw videos where people were calling out for help.
He is also filmed looking at the remains of a school destroyed in a rocket attack and reminiscing about his enjoyable school days at Meridian Primary, Tideway and Longhill schools.
Amer explained how he and his brothers felt they couldn’t explain to their parents where they had gone.
He said: “Me and my brothers came out at two different times and at the time my parents didn’t know.
“The situation we are in today, parents have got to a level of selfishness where they would say the situation in Syria is to with the Syrian people and not willing to allow their sons to go there and do what they have to do.
“Parents are the last people we would tell.”
The pair had been in recent contact with their father Abubaker Deghayes and had promised they would be returning home.
But he told interviewers he feared being sent to prison if he returned home.
He said: “My work is not done here.
“I came here to give victory to the people and make sure that they receive justice and we still haven’t reached the goal yet.”