Syrian extremists have a penchant for the extremist part of that description. Look no further for proof than those crucifixions extremists have started to videotape for all the world to see. Yikes.
The place has become such a paradise for extremist exultation that a U.S. citizen now known as Abu Hurayra al-Amriki went there to perform a suicide bombing against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. A Twitter picture (above) of the Syrian transplant that just started circulating viral realms states, “Cat lover Abu Hurayra Al Amriki performs an istichhadi bombing on Assad’s positions.”
Turns out, according to federal officials, al-Amriki (whose first name hasn’t been released) is the first suicide bomber from America to die for al Qaeda in Syria. However, he might not be the last, since the FBI confirms that dozens of Americans have recently moved to Syria to fight against Assad.
CBS News reports that Jabhat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda satellite group, just released a photo with al-Amriki and three other jihadis involved in recent violence. The group released a video of al-Amriki’s truck being loaded with explosives and later erupting in a fireball, claiming that al-Amriki died in the bombing on Sunday.
This happened mere weeks after talk began of an al Qaeda promise of an attack from an American. According to CBS News, video was released a week back of an English-speaking man, face obscured, urging his brothers to defend Islam.
If there was any doubt the man was operating under an assumed name, the “al-Amriki ” part of the suicide bomber’s nom de guerre translates to “The American.”
The attack against the Assad government took place in the northern part of the country at government facilities in Jabal Al-Arba’een in the Idib province, according to Heavy.
The al-Nusrah Front has been synonymous with al Qaeda in Syria for several years now. According to a U.S. Department of State report from 2012:
“Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks – ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations – in major city centers including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, Dara, Homs, Idlib and Dayr al-Zawr.”
Thousands have died, civilians and combatants alike. That’s why, two years ago, according to the State Department, they “provided approximately $50 million in non-lethal assistance to the unarmed civilian opposition and nearly $200 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the violence in Syria. The violent, sectarian vision of al-Nusrah is at odds with the aspirations of the Syrian people, including the overwhelming majority of the Syrian opposition, who seek a free, democratic and inclusive Syria and have made clear their desire for a government that respects and advances national unity, dignity, human rights and equal protection under the law – regardless of faith, ethnicity or gender.”
And so the fighting wages on.
[Image courtesy of Twitter]