The martyrs of Louth and Meath

Mehdi al-Harati, who formed a brigade in Syria. photographs: Alan Betson and Giulio Petrocco

Mehdi al-Harati, who formed a brigade in Syria. photographs: Alan Betson and Giulio Petrocco

Source: Irish Times

Two young volunteers from Ireland have died fighting with Syrian rebels in recent months. There is increasing disquiet, here and in Syria, about the role of young men from abroad in the conflict

The story of how Shamseddin Gaidan’s short life took him from a Navan classroom to an untimely death amid the chaos of Syria’s uprising begins in early 2011. In February that year the Libyan-born schoolboy watched, fascinated, as anti-regime demonstrations inspired by the toppling of dictators in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia erupted in the country that he and his family had left years before.

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