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AP Exclusive: Syrian rebels find, enlist new fighters at massive desert refugee camp in Jordan

  • In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 photo, Abu Abdullah Hourani, 27, covers up his face prior to his interview with The Associated Press, at the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border. n the bustling marketplace of this sprawling camp for Syrian refugees, a mosque preacher appeals to worshippers to join their countrymen in the fight to topple President Bashar Assad. In another corner of the Zaatari camp, two men draped in the Syrian rebel flag call on refugees through loudspeakers to sign up for military training. Rebels in the camp freely acknowledge recruiting fighters in the camp in a drive that has increased since the summer. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

    In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 photo, Abu Abdullah Hourani, 27, covers up his face prior to his interview with The Associated Press, at the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border. n the bustling marketplace of this sprawling camp for Syrian refugees, a mosque preacher appeals to worshippers to join their countrymen in the fight to topple President Bashar Assad. In another corner of the Zaatari camp, two men draped in the Syrian rebel flag call on refugees through loudspeakers to sign up for military training. Rebels in the camp freely acknowledge recruiting fighters in the camp in a drive that has increased since the summer. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 photo, Abu Abdullah Hourani, 27, stands near a drawing on the wall of his shelter with Arabic that reads, "my love, my life, Syria,", during his interview with The Associated Press, at the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border. n the bustling marketplace of this sprawling camp for Syrian refugees, a mosque preacher appeals to worshippers to join their countrymen in the fight to topple President Bashar Assad. In another corner of the Zaatari camp, two men draped in the Syrian rebel flag call on refugees through loudspeakers to sign up for military training. Rebels in the camp freely acknowledge recruiting fighters in the camp in a drive that has increased since the summer. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

    In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 photo, Abu Abdullah Hourani, 27, stands near a drawing on the wall of his shelter with Arabic that reads, "my love, my life, Syria,", during his interview with The Associated Press, at the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border. n the bustling marketplace of this sprawling camp for Syrian refugees, a mosque preacher appeals to worshippers to join their countrymen in the fight to topple President Bashar Assad. In another corner of the Zaatari camp, two men draped in the Syrian rebel flag call on refugees through loudspeakers to sign up for military training. Rebels in the camp freely acknowledge recruiting fighters in the camp in a drive that has increased since the summer. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 photo, a Syrian refugee man rest on a chair, at Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan. In the bustling marketplace of this sprawling camp for Syrian refugees, a mosque preacher appeals to worshippers to join their countrymen in the fight to topple President Bashar Assad. In another corner of the Zaatari camp, two men draped in the Syrian rebel flag call on refugees through loudspeakers to sign up for military training. Rebels in the camp freely acknowledge recruiting fighters in the camp in a drive that has increased since the summer. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

    In this Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 photo, a Syrian refugee man rest on a chair, at Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan. In the bustling marketplace of this sprawling camp for Syrian refugees, a mosque preacher appeals to worshippers to join their countrymen in the fight to topple President Bashar Assad. In another corner of the Zaatari camp, two men draped in the Syrian rebel flag call on refugees through loudspeakers to sign up for military training. Rebels in the camp freely acknowledge recruiting fighters in the camp in a drive that has increased since the summer. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian rebels say they are recruiting fighters in Jordan's Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees despite a ban on rebel activities in the camp by U.N. and Jordanian officials.

On a recent visit, an AP reporter witnessed two Free Syrian Army members with a loudspeaker urging refugees to undergo rebel training. A Muslim cleric distributed papers to worshippers to sign up with rebels.

Rebels told AP they recruited dozens of Zaatari residents in recent months. Abu Jamal Jedouri says he trained 125 recruits from Zaatari at an FSA camp inside Syria. He spoke on condition he be identified only by his nickname for security reasons.

Andrew Harper, head of the Jordan office of the U.N. refugee agency, says if U.N. officials see recruitment taking place, "we will notify the Jordanian government."