New footage of Saltdean youngster in Syrian war zone

Pictures used with kind permission of Vice News

Pictures used with kind permission of Vice News

First published in News

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.”

 

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7:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

nosolution says...

The lad obviously and has stated he bears no grudge against this country so I just can't see how he can pose any threat to this country. A jury would surely raise this issue in the event of any court case...
The lad obviously and has stated he bears no grudge against this country so I just can't see how he can pose any threat to this country. A jury would surely raise this issue in the event of any court case... nosolution
  • Score: -16

8:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Man of steel says...

If, as he has stated, the father did not want them to go, how did they get out of the country, especially the 16 year old, could he not have taken and hidden, or even destroyed thier passports?
If, as he has stated, the father did not want them to go, how did they get out of the country, especially the 16 year old, could he not have taken and hidden, or even destroyed thier passports? Man of steel
  • Score: 11

10:13pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Can this be says...

"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."
Good.
"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." Good. Can this be
  • Score: 17

11:54am Sat 28 Jun 14

Mrs-Sane says...

Do you think his Uncle that was held in Guantanamo Bay was influential?

He certainly was not swayed by his schooling, all three schools mentioned are very normal. I suspect that his family life was filled with glorious statements about religious martydom, sadly.
Do you think his Uncle that was held in Guantanamo Bay was influential? He certainly was not swayed by his schooling, all three schools mentioned are very normal. I suspect that his family life was filled with glorious statements about religious martydom, sadly. Mrs-Sane
  • Score: 8

1:04pm Sat 28 Jun 14

boo2005 says...

nosolution wrote:
The lad obviously and has stated he bears no grudge against this country so I just can't see how he can pose any threat to this country. A jury would surely raise this issue in the event of any court case...
I'm afraid that you are so wrong in what youu say, he has gone there as a 'terrorist' and should be treated as such, no-one is free in this world, we have to follow certain rules to manage living with each other, but whatever happens to him now, he should not be allowed back into this country!
[quote][p][bold]nosolution[/bold] wrote: The lad obviously and has stated he bears no grudge against this country so I just can't see how he can pose any threat to this country. A jury would surely raise this issue in the event of any court case...[/p][/quote]I'm afraid that you are so wrong in what youu say, he has gone there as a 'terrorist' and should be treated as such, no-one is free in this world, we have to follow certain rules to manage living with each other, but whatever happens to him now, he should not be allowed back into this country! boo2005
  • Score: 7

8:16pm Sat 28 Jun 14

KarenT says...

So let him stay there with his little Islamic keffiyeh on his head.
So let him stay there with his little Islamic keffiyeh on his head. KarenT
  • Score: 3

11:48pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Motorcyclist says...

When the Brits fought in the Spanish Civil War, they were heroes not terrorists.

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for terrorism.

Amer fights against Assad's genocide of his own citizens. I don't share Amer's religious convictions but I do know he is a very brave young man.
When the Brits fought in the Spanish Civil War, they were heroes not terrorists. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for terrorism. Amer fights against Assad's genocide of his own citizens. I don't share Amer's religious convictions but I do know he is a very brave young man. Motorcyclist
  • Score: -1

12:54am Mon 30 Jun 14

Motorcyclist says...

stevo!! wrote:
"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. "

He IS home.,
You should learn some geography Stevo. His family is from Libya.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: "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. " He IS home.,[/p][/quote]You should learn some geography Stevo. His family is from Libya. Motorcyclist
  • Score: -4

1:33am Mon 30 Jun 14

Motorcyclist says...

He is fighting in a civil war Stevo.He is not at home.

His uncle is not so scary. Check him out

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Omar_Deghay
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He is fighting in a civil war Stevo.He is not at home. His uncle is not so scary. Check him out http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Omar_Deghay es Motorcyclist
  • Score: -3

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