Chechen jihadists are not only battle-hardened but brutal, even by al-Qaeda standards.
The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad’s regime in Syria, has claimed credit for yet another suicide attack as well as another joint operation with Chechen fighters.
Al Nusrah claimed the attacks in a series of three statement released on jihadist websites on Nov. 21. The statements were translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
The suicide attack took place at a hospital in the contested city of Aleppo. Al Nusrah said the “French hospital” was being used as “the headquarters of the army and the tyrant’s [thugs].” The terror group did not provide a date for the attack.
The suicide attack was executed by “the knight Abu ‘Aun al Shamali,” who used a car bomb “laden with 2 tons of explosives.” The statement was accompanied by pictures of the car bomb as well as the explosion at the hospital. Al Nusrah then detonated a car bomb parked outside the hospital and launched “an armed attack by a group of mujahideen on what remained of the headquarters.”
Al Nusrah has been the most active jihadist group in Syria. It has claimed credit for 36 of the 44 reported suicide bombings in Syria that the The Long War Journal has tallied since December 2011 [see list below]. Since the end of August, Al Nusrah has claimed credit for launching 18 suicide attacks.
In addition to the suicide attack in Aleppo, Al Nusrah claimed it launched, “with the participation of the battalion of Chechen emigrants,” several assaults against Air Defense Brigade 602′s base in Handarat.