12:04 GMT +327 February 2017
    Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front in the southern countryside of Idlib, December 2, 2014

    Al-Nusra Attacks Syria's Chief US Proxy Group, Steals TOW Missiles

    © REUTERS/ Khalil Ashawi
    Middle East
    Get short URL

    The al-Nusra Front terrorist group seized weapons systems and bases from a key US proxy group in Syria's Idleb province.

    The al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria's Maarat al-Nuuman attacked US-backed rebel group Division 13 and confiscated its weapons, the group said in a statement published on social media.

    Tensions between al-Nusra and Free Syrian Army affiliates have been rising in recent months. On Friday, al-Nusra supporters attacked a rally of FSA supporters in Maaret al-Nuuman, hijacking the protest. After taking over Division 13 bases overnight on Sunday, the al-Nusra Front reportedly began searching the city for members of the group.

    ​The ostensibly secular Division 13 also released a video showing apparent widows of FSA men killed in the conflict protesting against al-Nusra Front at a graveyard.

    Al-Nusra Front also kidnapped many of Division 13's members, according to reports from AFP.

    The two groups previously had a much closer alliance, during which they captured Syria's Idlib province in 2015. However the al-Qaeda affiliate's more radical stance on affairs led to growing tensions, which previously  the FSA's iconic propaganda mouthpiece.

    Concerns over US weapons supplies to Syria, which have already fallen into the hands of Daesh and al-Nusra Front, were previously voiced when several fighters from the United States' Train and Equip program joined al-Nusra Front. The events were at the time reported as both kidnapping and defection.


    Syrian War Could Have Ended in 2012 if West Had Listened to Russia
    Russia, Syria 'Absolutely Opposed' to Introducing Federal Gov't in Damascus
    Reaching New Heights: Syrian Army Targets Hill Overlooking Key Idlib Town
    attack, TOW, Al-Nusra Front, Free Syrian Army (FSA), Idlib, Syria
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment

    All comments

    • avatar
      Don't believe what has been said. It maybe more or less a plan to run to leave those weapons for the Al Nusra terrorist group. Losing base do happen in bettle but before a base fail, fighting must be so intensify that nearly all war equiptments are either destroyed or damaged. Not just that, but in real war, plan to destroy those equiptments also in place if and when necessary, not only destroyed, but easily be used or set as booby traps for those Al Nusra to dig in surprise. But, if they just run and leave everything and anything behind? It was a pre-plan to leave those tow missiles for Al Nusra.
    • avatar
      mzungu in Africa
      This "success" of Al Nusrah will bring about their anihilation at the hands of Russia's forces even sooner.
    • BlueStar
      This is no news as the weapons were originally intended for al nusra
    • A = π r 2
    • avatar
      There are no "moderate rebels". NATO is backing terrorists and NATO is ware of it. The 2300 Humvees in Iraq and so on.

      Sputnik published an article with the title of "FSA Partly Refuses to Participate in Ceasefire Deal Without al-Nusra Front" sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160223/1035228078/free-syrian-army.html

      That article helps put this "attack" in the proper perspective.
    • avatar
      ivanwa88, Yep, NATO is the supply line now and has always been the primary sponsor and protector of terrorism, since at least 1999.
    Show new comments (0)