March 13, 2013

Al Qaeda in Iraq claims ambush that killed Syrian, Iraqi troops

The Long War Journal | Bill Roggio |  Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for the March 4 attack in Anbar province that killed 48 Syrian soldiers who were fleeing their civil war and nine Iraqi troops who were escorting them to Baghdad. The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, claimed to have 'liberated' the border crossing the day before the Syrian troops fled and were ambushed. The Islamic State of Iraq, which is al Qaeda in Iraq's political front, released a statement yesterday on jihadist forums that claimed credit for the attack. The statement was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. (READ MORE)

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