Leser man Long War Journals detaljerte opplisting av personer og grupper som er aktive på jihad-fronten forstår man at dette er et internasjonalt fenomen: mennesker fra hele verden møtes, de har én ideologi og samme sak. Det virker forenende. De herdes av kampen.
Norske medier og myndigheter som ønsker å forstå bør studere fighterne mer på deres egne premisser, for å forstå hva som skjer. Hvis man leser om en av jihad-gruppene i Syria, Al Nusrah, forstår man raskt at dette ikke er folk som leker. Samtidig har de en skremmende modus operandi, hvor tap av egne liv har en underordnet betydning. De benytter selvmordsbombere som første trekk i et angrep. Man kan bare tenke seg hvordan en slik taktikk ville virke overført på Europa.
The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad’s regime in Syria, commanded a Free Syrian Army unit and «Chechen emigrants» during last week’s assault on a Syrian air defense and Scud missile base in Aleppo. The base was overrun by Al Nusrah and its allies.
The Al Nusrah Front claimed credit for the Oct. 11 assault on the base, and said it commanded the Al Fajr Brigade and «a group Chechen emigrants,» in a statement published on jihadist websites today. The statement was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. Video of Al Nusrah and Free Syrian Army fighters roaming the military installation, with Scud ballistic missiles and anti-aircraft missiles in full view, was posted on the Internet last week [see LWJ report, Al Nusrah Front seizes Syrian base in joint operation with Free Syrian Army].
In the statement, the Al Nusrah Front detailed the raids, and said it «had the command and the planning and the participation of the Al Fajr [Dawn] Islamic Movement and the field command of a group of Chechen emigrants.»
The Al Nusrah Front is known to conduct joint operations with the Free Syrian Army, the main group in Syria that is held up as the secular opposition to the Assad regime. In August, Al Nusrah said it attacked a police station outside of Damascus along with the Al Sahaba Battalion, a unit of the Free Syrian Army that operates in the capital. According to The Guardian, jihadist groups such as Al Nusrah have become more appealing to Syrian rebels as they are better organized and have expertise from waging jihad in Iraq and elsewhere, and have integrated their operations with the Free Syrian Army.
The «group of Chechen emigrants» has not been linked to a specific group, but the fighters may be members of the Islamic Caucasus Emirates, the al Qaeda-linked group that is waging jihad against the Russians in the Caucasus and has conducted terror attacks in Moscow. Chechens are also occasionally spotted on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Foreign jihadists have begun to pour into Syria to wage jihad against Assad’s regime. Fighters from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and the Palestinian Territories are known to have been killed in Syria.