The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, claimed it launched two suicide assaults and other attacks with Syrian rebel groups, including an Islamist unit and two Free Syrian Army brigades.
The Al Nusrah Front made the claims in a series of statements released on June 27 by its official media outlet, the Al-Manara Al-Baydha’ Foundation. The statements were obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
The attacks were carried out in conjunction with the Nasser Salahuddin Brigade, an Islamist group from the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front, and the Dera’ al Assima, Liwa al Habib al Mustafa, and Liwa’ al-Tawhid, three Free Syrian Army brigades that operate in Damascus.
The Al Nusrah Front said the two suicide assaults took place “in Eastern Ghouta in the countryside of Damascus” on April 22. Al Nusrah Front suicide bombers targeted two “barriers,” or outposts, with explosives-packed cars.
“That was in order to open the way for the storming lions of the Al Nusrah Front and the Nasser Salahuddin Brigade to raid the two barriers and comb them,” the statement said, according to SITE. The Al Nusrah Front claimed that “more than 150 soldiers” were killed and two tanks were destroyed in the operation.