Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault

The Uzbek-led battalion Katiba Sayfullah, which is part of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) has published a promotional video via its White Minaret media wing about its participation in the assault and capture of the Syrian government Abu Duhour Air Base in Idlib province.

The video shows the group’s Shar’i and leader Abu Ubayda al-Madani (he is Uzbek) at the air base where he talks about the various “trophies” captured by the group.

Abu Ubayda says the victory at Abu Duhour was a great one because “many planes flew out of the air base that bombed Muslims” including women. Abu Ubayda described the capture of the air base in terms of saving and supporting Muslims. He said it was a great joy that local people who lived around the air base were returning home.

Abu Ubayda then drives around the air base to show off the various “trophies” that were captured there, noting that some of the equipment is Russian-supplied.

“Everything is Russian,” he says.

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At one point he climbs into a plane to pose for the camera:

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And then he climbs into a chopper, saying that “the infidels use these choppers to bomb Muslims.”

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Abu Duhour was captured by Nusra on September 9.

On September 19, activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that JAN militants and those from the Turkestan Islamic Party had executed 71 Syrian government soldiers at the air base. It is not clear if Katiba Sayfullah were involved in any of the executions.