Syria's Nusra leader calls on insurgents to escalate attacks on Assad's Alawite stronghold

By REUTERS
October 12, 2015 23:52

 
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AMMAN - The head of Syria's Nusra Front, an offshoot of al Qaeda, urged insurgents on Monday to escalate attacks on President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite sect's strongholds in retaliation for what he said was the indiscriminate killing of Muslim Sunnis by invading Russians.

The audio message from Nusra's Abu Mohamad al-Golani, posted on YouTube, said Russia's military intervention since last week was aimed at saving Assad's rule from collapse but was doomed to fail, as had previous Iranian and Hezbollah military support.

"There is no choice but to escalate the battle and to target Alawite towns and villages in Latakia and I call on all factions to ... daily hit their villages with hundreds of missiles as they do to Sunni cities and villages," Golani said.

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