Thursday, April 30, 2015

Al-Qaeda force in Syria operating U.S.-origin M113 APC

Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) promotional imagery depicting U.S.-origin M113A1 armored personnel carrier in use at a JAN training camp in Syria's Qalamoun region.

Crudely painted-over Lebanese Army marking seen on hull-side of M113A1, indicative of capture by JAN forces.

JAN-operated M113A1 armored personnel carrier being powered, with rear ramp door extended.

Al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) is currently finding battlefield success against Iran-allied Syrian Arab Republic forces, notably in Idlib Governorate.

7 comments:

interested party said...

I'm still trying to get my head around the difference between JAN and IS. Ideologically speaking. What should I be reading? I understand they have clashed in the past. Are they likely to be allies then enemy's or vice versa?

Piruz Mollazadeh said...

I don't get it. Syria doesn't operate U.S weaponry, does it? Where did Al-Nusra get these armored personnel carriers from? Iraq, maybe?

Piruz Mollazadeh said...

ISIS is more ruthless and more hollywood, so to speak. Also, Al-Nusra is mainly composed of Syrian Jihadists, whereas ISIS is multinational.

Nader Uskowi said...

Probably Lebanon.

Piruz Mollazadeh said...

And they were able to transport them from Lebanon to Syria?

Nader Uskowi said...

The Hezbollah might have some in Syria. But I have no idea how they got it.

interested party said...

Thanks!