Some 100 Terrorists Reinforce Al-Nusra Front in Aleppo Outskirts

© Flickr / coolloudMembers of jihadist group Al-Nusra Front take part in a parade calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in Syria, at the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Aleppo, on October 25, 2013
Members of jihadist group Al-Nusra Front take part in a parade calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in Syria, at the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Aleppo, on October 25, 2013 - Sputnik International
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Over 100 militants have arrived from Turkey to the outskirts of Aleppo to reinforce the units of the al-Nusra Front terrorist group, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The al-Nusra Front presently controls a large portion of the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

"According to reports by local residents, more than a hundred Nusra Front terrorists have arrived to the village of Kafr Hamrah [in the northwestern suburbs of Aleppo]," the ministry said in a daily bulletin posted on its website.

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Trucks carrying ammunition with chlorine-based toxic agents have arrived in Aleppo outskirts controlled by al-Nusra Front terrorists, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

"Several trucks carrying self-made ammunition, armed with chlorine-based toxic agents, have arrived from the Idlib province to the northern outskirts of the city of Aleppo controlled by al-Nusra Front terrorists," the ministry said in a daily bulletin posted on its website.

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Starting from 2013, al-Nusra Front has sent significant numbers of its fighters and top terrorist leaders from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Syria. Among them were Abu al-Khayr al-Masri and Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, two of the terrorists suspected of perpetrating the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Al-Masri previously served as the former assistant to Zawahiri, and is married to one of Osama bin Laden's daughters. A third senior figure who has come to Syria was Khaled al-Arouri, believed to be related by blood or by marriage to Islamic State founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Given the Syrian army's successful series of advances against both Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists in recent weeks, supported by Russian air power, it's unclear how long any possible copy-cat Syrian 'caliphate' would actually be able to last.

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