Al-QaIda’s Syrian affiliate called for jihadists to attack Russia over its air strikes in Syria, as rockets hit Moscow’s Damascus embassy yesterday where demonstrators had gathered to back the intervention.
Abu Mohamed al-Jolani, head of Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate al-Nusra Front, urged jihadists in the Caucasus to target Russians because of Moscow’s air campaign. “If the Russian army kills the people of Syria, then kill their people. And if they kill our soldiers, then kill their soldiers. An eye for an eye,” Jolani said in an audio recording released late on Monday.
He pledged that Moscow’s air war, which began on September 30, would have dire consequences. “The war in Syria will make the Russians forget the horrors that they found in Afghanistan,” Jolani said, adding: “They will be shattered, God willing, on Syria’s doorstep.”