Al Nusrah Front releases video of training camp in Idlib

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, has released a video showcasing a training camp for the group in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. The al Qaeda group is operating camps in Syria despite US air operations in Syria, which have not targeted the group since Sept. 22.

The video was released on a Twitter account associated with the Al Nusrah Front’s wiliyat, or administrative district, in Idlib. The logo on the video is the same one used by the Al Nusrah Front and bears the name Al Manarah al Bayda, or The White Lighthouse, which is the group’s official media outlet. The words “Idlib Correspondent” are also included on the logo.

The video appears to be of the same camp that the group released pictures of on October 10, 2014. The Long War Journal has previously covered the photos from this camp and other training camps from the Al Nusrah Front. [See LWJ reports, Al Nusrah Front releases photos of training camp in northwestern Syria and Al Nusrah Front names training camps after top al Qaeda leaders]

The video shows Al Nusrah Front fighters in training. The jihadists are shown marching in formation, receiving firearms instructions, and firing handguns and AK-47 assault rifles. The fighters are also shown training in a wooded area, including climbing monkey bars over flames, jumping over fire, and crawling under barbed wire.

Caleb Weiss is an editor of FDD's Long War Journal and a senior analyst at the Bridgeway Foundation, where he focuses on the spread of the Islamic State in Central Africa.

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1 Comment

  • Ken North says:

    Whoa ! Kabuki theatre meets Fort Polk.
    Horizontal bars with flaming fatigues; forward somersaults for pistol presentation [where’s the mag?], draw strokes from the Bolshoi ballet.
    These ninjas are elegantly well-choreographed on their way to virginville.


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