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Al Nusrah Front claims use of UN vehicle in suicide bombing

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released photos purporting to show its fighters using a United Nations armored personnel carrier as a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED). The photos were released today on the official Twitter account for Al Nusrah's southern Syria operations.

The photos show Al Nusrah fighters operating the South African-made Mamba armored personnel carrier, as well as the vehicle being driven to its destination by a fighter named Abu Khattab al Muhajir ("the Emigrant"). The last photo shows a massive explosion as the vehicle detonates on regime positions in the city of Sheikh Miskeen in Daraa province.

In late August, the Al Nusrah Front, along with fighters from Ahrar al Sham and the Western-backed Syrian Revolutionaries Front, took over the Quneitra border crossing with the Israeli-held Golan Heights. During the offensive, 43 Fijian UN peacekeepers were captured by Al Nusrah. The peacekeepers were eventually released, but it is likely that Al Nusrah took UN vehicles when the peacekeepers were taken captive.

[Source: By Caleb Weiss, Threat Matrix, The Long War Journal, NJ, 07Dec14]

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