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Free Syrian Army continues to cooperate with the Al Nusrah Front, Islamic Front in southern Syria
The Free Syrian Army has recently allied with Islamist rebels fighting in al Harah, a town in the southern Syrian province of Deraa. Elements from the Free Syrian Army coordinated their efforts with the Islamist Syrian Revolutionaries Front, the Islamic Front, and the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official affiliate in Syria, to take the al Harah Hill and the surrounding town.
The Free Syrian Army utilized several BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles during the fighting, which the United States supplied to "vetted groups" in April.
The Islamic Front's official Twitter feed highlights its operations on al Harah Hill. The Islamic Front also released a video (below) showing members of Jaysh al Islam and Suqour al Sham, two factions of the Islamic Front, firing on regime soldiers fleeing from al Harah Hill. A video showing members of Ahrar al Sham discussing their operations has also been released by the Islamic Front.
The Al Nusrah Front (al Qaeda in Syria) has also had a prominent role in the fighting at al Harah Hill and the surrounding town. The group's Twitter feed for their southern Syria elements released several images of Al Nusrah fighters taking part in the battle.
The Long War Journal has previously noted that Western-backed groups continue to operate with the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham, and the wider Islamic Front coalition. Last month, the moderate Syrian Revolutionaries Front coordinated efforts with Al Nusrah and Ahrar al Sham to take several villages in Quneitra province. In August, elements from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front and the Free Syrian Army worked with Al Nusrah and Ahrar al Sham to take the Quneitra border crossing with the Israeli-held Golan Heights.
[Source: By Caleb Weiss, Threat Matrix, The Long War Journal, NJ, 05Oct14]
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