Al-Qaeda fighters evoke Afghan jihad as they promise to turn Syria into graveyard for Russian invaders

Russia’s decision to wade into Syria’s messy war risks pushing more militants into the arms of the country’s powerful al-Qaeda group, according to rebels.

Jabhat al-Nusra, a Syrian al-Qaeda group that has survived through integration with the wider movement which took up arms against leader Bashar al-Assad in 2011, is now one of the most powerful players in Syria’s messy war.

Depicting Moscow’s military support for Mr Assad as tantamount to an invasion, Nusra and other rebel groups say they want to evoke the prolonged and unsuccessful Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a battle in which the modern day al-Qaeda has its roots.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I wonder if we sell them Stinger Missles again?
    Survey says!
    50/50

    • There are supposed to be all kinds of shoulder mounted AA missiles kickin around the ME, especially after the Libyan stocks were looted.

      Where are they?

      • Maggat

        Ask Hillary.

      • Minicapt

        Stacked in storage because the batteries are non-functional, and no-one offers replacements.

        Cheers

        • mauser 98

          ISIS can’t improvise battery replacement?

          • Minicapt

            No, ManPADs use single use thermal batteries which generally are good for ten years, and then require replacement. You might cobble together a replacement solution if you had the depot level tech manual for guidance.

            Cheers

          • mauser 98

            Benghazi was not 10 years ago.. unless Hill removed them

          • Minicapt

            When did Libya receive the missiles? The clock begins ticking when the SAM is packed for shipping.

            Cheers

          • MRHapla
          • Minicapt

            Could be done, though some work would be necessary to match the SAM’s needs. An advantage would be that the external power source could carry juice for several minutes, unlike the thermal battery which runs for about 60 secs.

            Cheers

          • MRHapla

            They’re some wily bastards, I give’em that.

    • mauser 98

      sell? leave them in a unguarded military warehouse
      http://www.nationalreview.com/article/349231/stingers-benghazi-jim-geraghty

    • MRHapla

      oh, those poor people,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • MRHapla

      Sell?? As in expect a remuneration? Surely you jest? This is Uncle Sugar’s House o’ Free Stuff, after all.

  • ntt1

    different terrain, it was hard to carpet bomb mountainous country but flat hot desert may be different.

    • Clausewitz

      Beat me to it. Not the same degree of topographic relief in Syria as there is in Afghan. Not many caves either.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    I think the Russians are updated in their technology if they were capable of cleaning Chechnya of Muslims terrorists , they can do that job in Syria .

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    The whole mess will look good on the Ruskies. Soon they’ll have guys coming home headless in bags. Fuck ’em.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Schadenfreude alert! Break out the nachos for Round Two.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I hope Russia uses nuclear weapons in Syria.

  • MRHapla

    Seriously, who hasn’t conquered Syria in the last 4000 years???