They also seized Syria’s main hydroelectric dam, which is odd because I swear I heard Obama say al-Qaeda had been decimated last night.
Via Long War Journal:
Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the Al Nusrah Front for the People in the Levant, and allied jihadist and so-called secular rebels took control of yet another Syrian military base. The base is the second to fall to jihadists in the past two days.
The Al Nusrah Front, the Tawhid Brigade, and the Muhajireen Group, stormed the base of the 80th Regiment (or Brigade), which is situated near the main airport in Aleppo in eastern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The three jihadist groups and “others” had taken “over [the base of the 80th Regiment] fully last night,” the Observatory, which closely monitors the civil war, reported on its Facebook page. One “rebel” and three Syrian soldiers were killed in the fighting.
The Muhajireen Group is a jihadist outfit allied with the Al Nusrah Front. The term muhajireen means emigrants, a strong indication that many of its fighters are from outside of Syria.
The Tawhid Brigade is a unit in the Free Syrian Army, which is touted in the Western press as a secular fighting force. The Tawhid Brigade operates in Aleppo and is known to have ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political party.
The 80th Regiment’s headquarters in Aleppo is the second Syrian military installation to fall in the past two days. Yesterday, the Ahrar al Sham Brigades, another jihadist group, and the Al Nusrah Front took control of the al-Jarrah airbase in Thawra. Operational Syrian military aircraft were seized by the jihadists during the assault.