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, commanded a Free Syrian Army unit and “Chechen emigrants” during last week’s assault on a Syrian air defense and Scud missile base in Aleppo. The base was overrun by Al Nusrah and its allies.
The Al Nusrah Front claimed credit for the Oct. 11 assault on the base, and said it commanded the Al Fajr Brigade and “a group Chechen emigrants,” in a statement published on jihadist websites today. The statement was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. Video of Al Nusrah and Free Syrian Army fighters roaming the military installation, with Scud ballistic missiles and anti-aircraft missiles in full view, was posted on the Internet last week [see LWJ report, Al Nusrah Front seizes Syrian base in joint operation with Free Syrian Army].
In the statement, the Al Nusrah Front detailed the raids, and said it “had the command and the planning and the participation of the Al Fajr [Dawn] Islamic Movement and the field command of a group of Chechen emigrants.”