ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: PETALING JAYA: A video showing a group of people clad in military outfits with turbans, holding rifles and speaking in Malay has surfaced on YouTube.
The minute and half long video titled Syria- Asian mercenaries fighting in the terrorist ranks (translated from Spanish), showed the men preparing to leave for war.
"The tanks are leaving to its destination…towards the war zone," said a voice speaking in Malay with a northern accent.
About 10 men were seen holding their smartphones, smiling and cheering on their comrades, some of whom looked Middle-Eastern.
"These are the handsome mujahid (fighters). We are all going to be martyrs," one of the men said.
"These are our friends. All of them are preparing to fight. Look at my friends. They are not afraid, they will not be cowed," the man continued.
Shouts of "hero-hero Malaya" (Malayan heroes) could be heard in the background.
The video, which was picked up from syriantube.net, was uploaded on June 7 and has been viewed more than 5,000 times.
On June 18, permanent representative of Syria to the United Nations in New York alleged that 15 Malaysian nationals involved in terrorism and jihadist activities with the militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had been killed in Syria.
According to Foreign Affairs Ministry, the representative also alleged that apart from Malaysia, nationals from several other Asean countries were also involved in such activities in Syria.
Recently, a Pahang-born man made headlines when he became the first Malaysian suicide bomber in Iraq.