Mimi Al Laham
Land Destroyer Report
March 25, 2014
The downing of a Syrian jet by Turkey was not an isolated incident
but part of a major offensive by Al Qaeda affiliated groups Jabhat Al
Nusra (designated a terrorist organization by the US State Department)
and Ahrar Al Sham against a northwestern Syrian-Turkish border
crossing. Turkey has been supporting Al Qaeda’s attack on the Kassab
border crossing, the only crossing that was still held by the Syrian
military. While the AFP did report that
the group involved in the attack was the AlQaeda faction Jabhat Al
Nusra , this fact has not made it to any mainstream media headline.
Jabhat Al Nusra, are also actively being given safe haven by Turkey.
The map below shows the Al Qaeda Camp within the Turkish border from
which the attack on the Kassab border crossing came. AlQaeda militants
also brazenly videotaped themselves walking right through the Turkish
Kassab border gate into Syria without any harassment from Turkish
Another Al Qaeda offshoot fighting along side Jabhat Al Nusra in the
offensive is ‘Ahrar Al Sham’. While the rebel group is not yet
designated Al Qaeda by the US State Department, the group was founded by
Abu Khaled as-Suri, Al Zawahiri’s ambassador to Syria. Ahrar Al Sham
was described as ‘Al Qaeda worth befriending’ by
the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Washington’s premier think tank.
Charles Lister, a fellow at of the Brookings Institution, tweets video of Ahrar Al Sha’am taking part in the attack on Latakia.