Al-Nusra Front Releases Video on Operation Involving American Suicide Bomber


Exactly two months after the suicide bombing by American jihadist Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha (AKA Abu Hurayra al-Amriki) in Syria’s Idlib governorate, the al-Nusra Front released a video focusing on the operation in which he participated.

The al-Nusra Front, which had split from the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) and pledged allegiance directly to al-Qaeda and Ayman al-Zawahiri, released the video, entitled, “The Invasion of Jabal Arba’in,” on its Twitter account and jihadi forums on July 25, 2014. According to the group, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha and two other foreign fighters - a Malidvian and a Turkistani - and a Syrian, struck a position of the Syrian army in Jabal Arba’in in Idlib on May 25. The al-Nusra Front had reported that Moner, “Abu Hurayra al-Amriki,” detonated a truck laden with 16 tons of explosive material at the al-Fanar restaurant, which it regarded as “one of the most important stationing points of the Nusayri army”.
In the video, Abu Hurayra appears with his fellow fighters and speaks in Arabic, saying in one segment: “When I first came to Syria, I didn’t have money to buy a rifle or a pouch. Allah the Great and Almighty gave me a rifle, a pouch, and everything.” He also spoke of his desire for Paradise and to earn the “pleasure of Allah”.
 b2ap3_thumbnail_image003.jpgMoner is but one of many foreign fighters who have taken part in the jihad in Syria, either among the ranks of the al-Nusra Front or the Islamic State (IS). As SITE Intelligence Group Director Rita Katz noted on the SITE Blog in June 2014, there must be great concern that these fighters will return to their native countries and utilize their training and skills developed abroad to strike domestically. She wrote:
The U.S. has consistently failed to address the growing threat from the Syrian jihadi insurgency. The many Westerners currently in Syria will be able to return to their home countries and subsequently carry out attacks. In spite of the Administration's posture, domestic terrorism is a real threat. Syria is a real threat. By ignoring the threats, we risk paving the way for determined jihadis to carry out attacks against American targets in the coming months and years.
The video is available here:
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