Turns out Abdel el-Zabayar, the pro-Chávez Syrian-Venezuelan member of the National Assembly who shipped off to Syria to fight on the government’s side as part of some messed up International Brigade-al-revés initiative, isn’t quite the action man the photos made out:
El-Zabayar is more of an ideological soldier than an actual one. Though he brandishes a firearm, the Venezuelan congressman has no combat experience and lacks any real weapons training. Consequently, he has not yet seen real war and most of his tasks have been more administrative in nature. “I am stationed near the Jordanian border, some 90 kilometers south of Damascas and around 20 kilometers from the front line,” he tells Vocativ. “My unit is in charge of maintaining a control point near the border, to avoid mercenaries getting into the country.”
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