NBC reports that US officials believe that Abu Hurayra al-Amriki will go down in history as the first successful American suicide bomber. Luckily, he did the deed in Syria;
Word of the American’s death in the suicide bombing first surfaced Tuesday in tweets from the al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-linked group fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The tweets identified the bomber only by his Arabic nom de guerre, “Abu Hurayra al-Amriki,” (Abu Hurayra the American) and said he carried out one of four suicide bombings of Syrian government sites in Jabal al-Arbaa’in in Idlib Province — the scene of heavy fighting in recent weeks and months.
“Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki performed a martrydom operation in Idlib, Jabal Al-Arba’een. May Allah accept him,” it said.
Jihadi tweets suggest the American was of Palestinian descent, sources told NBC News. Experts said that if the account is proven accurate, it would almost certainly be used in future propaganda by the al-Nusra Front, which is on the U.S. terrorist watch list. U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that they believe “dozens” of Americans have joined the fighting in the Syrian civil war, with most taking the side of the rebels. It is believed that hundreds of Westerners have taken part in the fighting, according to U.S. intelligence and rebel sources.
Category: Terror War