The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, continues to steamroll over President Bashir al Assad’s forces in eastern Syria. After taking control of a dam, a city, and a military base just days ago, the terror group seized control of the town of al-Shadadi in the northeastern province of Hasakah today. Five foreign jihadists were among those reported killed.
“Rebel fighters from Jabhat al Nusrah have taken almost full control over the city of al-Shadadi, after violent clashes that lasted for 3 days,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on its Facebook page.
The Observatory, which closely tracks the Syrian civil war, stated that the Al Nusrah Front “used several suicide car bombs during the 3 days of fighting.”
More than 30 Al Nusrah Front fighters, including five “non-Syrian fighters,” and 100 Syrian security personnel were killed in the fighting. Additionally, “tens of civilian workers at the Syrian oil company were killed after Al Nusrah fighters took large parts of the oil fields and the residential quarters of the workers.”