Al-Qa'ida massacred Syrian soldiers who fled into Iraq
AL-QA'IDA in Iraq has claimed it was behind the killing of scores of Syrian soldiers and officials who had fled over the border.
The terrorist group posted a statement on a jihadist website saying it had responded to the "close cooperation between the Safavid and Nusairi regimes", using highly sectarian terms for the Shia-led government of Iraq and President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite regime.
"The entire column was exterminated completely with more than 100 of its members," it said.
The men had fled from a border post further north, which was seized by rebels, among them the militant group Jabhat al-Nusra. Although the US has blacklisted Jabhat al-Nusra, claiming it was an offshoot of al-Qa'ida in Iraq, this statement is the first clear evidence of cooperation between the two.
It said the aim of the group's "brothers" in Syria was to "cleanse the Earth of the Nusairis", a term used by Sunni militants for the Alawite sect to which the Assad family belongs. (© Daily Telegraph, London)