Sunday, June 22, 2014

Syria: Tip of the Day: Never Leave Behind Military Equipment Your Enemies Can Use

According to AFP's Bureau in Beirut, Jihadists fighting in Syria's war put to use for the first time on Sunday (June 22) US-made Humvees that they seized during a lightning offensive in Iraq this month. 

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), used the armored vehicles to capture the villages of Eksar and Maalal in Aleppo province, which borders Turkey, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It came after heavy fighting against the Islamic Front and its Al-Qaeda-affiliated ally, the Al-Nusra Front, said the Observatory, a Britain-based group that gets its information from a network of sources on the ground.

COMMENT: Two villages are located near the town of Azaz, which ISIL militiamen abandoned at the end of February under attack from rebels fighting to oust Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.
 
ISIL, which espouses a radical interpretation of Islam and aims to set up a state stretching across the Syrian-Iraqi borders, is now expected to launch a bid to retake Azaz.

ISIL seized the Humvees and sent them to Syria after Iraqi soldiers abandoned them during a surprise Sunni jihadist offensive that claimed Iraq's second city of Mosul and swathes of other territory in mid-June.