File - Supporters of an Islamic group carry flags and shout slogans during a protest against the Syrian regime, in the northern city of Tripoli, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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By all accounts, Aziz appeared to be like any other student in Tripoli.Aziz's father works in Saudi Arabia, and the family has lived a life of privilege, making his decision to venture into embattled Syria all the more peculiar.Aziz left his home suddenly to fight in the village of Qalaat al-Hosn in Homs with the Nusra Front in 2012 .His mother weeps constantly since he departed, as do his two sisters who feel certain that Aziz will never come back to them. In his text messages, Aziz tells his mother that he is tired of life and its hardships, and that he is seeking either martyrdom or victory in Syria. Aziz's family members said that his mother received a phone call from a man in Syria who introduced himself as the emir of the militant group that Aziz belonged to: He asked for $20,000 in return for his return to Tripoli.The Syrian battlefield is replete with stories of foreign jihadists who have traveled from all over to fight, Aziz is but one of them.
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