British Jihadi Believed to Have Carried Out Suicide Attack in Syria

British officials believe that a British man linked to the rebel jihadi group Jabhat al-Nusra may have carried out a suicide bombing in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. If the identity of the suicide bomber is confirmed it will be the first known suicide bombing carried out by a Briton in the Syrian Civil War.

The man, identified by Jabhat al-Nusra as Abu Suleiman al-Britani, reportedly drove a truck full of explosives into a prison wall.

From the BBC:

The al-Nusra Front said Abu Suleiman al-Britani had driven a truck full of explosives at the walls of Aleppo prison on Thursday and detonated it.

The bombing was reportedly part of an attempted jailbreak by fighters from the hardline Islamist groups, Ahrar-al-Sham and the al-Nusra Front.

Heavy fighting broke out between the rebels and Syrian forces, causing dozens of casualties on both sides.

Activists said as many as 300 inmates managed to escape, but the Syrian government denied the report.

According to reporting from The Telegraph, after a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at Kings College in London reached out to Britons in Syria to confirm the reports he received the following text:

Lol, yes, news travels fast. The first British brother!

The Telegraph goes on to note that Charles Lister, a terrorism adviser at the Brookings Center in Doha, Qatar is "99 per cent" certain that al-Britani was killed in the suicide attack on the Aleppo prison.

Last December, I wrote about a Sky News report on a British jihadi group fighting in Syria. Members of the group claim that hundreds of British jihadis are fighting in Syria. Recently, a video emerged of a British extremist torturing a moderate rebel in Syria. 

This week, the latest round of peace talks between representatives from the Syrian government and some of Assad’s opposition began. According to Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations envoy, little progress is being made at the talks. 

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  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Lol, yes, news travels fast. The first British brother!

    it was like, totes cool! idk why u guyz have a problem with g-had n syria

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Vice did a whole article and video chronicling Syrian mujihadeen's social media accounts and how, when they write in English, they all use this teenager lol-speak crossed with gangsta rap lyrics.

    It's hilarious.

  • rts||

  • Calidissident||

    This is like an even more disastrous, far more hilarious, version of that DEA agent that shot himself while demonstrating gun safety in a classroom.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

  • montana mike||

    Mr. Holland's Opus

  • Killaz||

    If I were in the propaganda business, I'd buy up billboard space with a picture from the scene and the caption, 'Maybe Allah is trying to tell you losers something.'

  • mr simple||

    The Telegraph goes on to note that Charles "99 per cent" certain that al-Britani was killed in the suicide attack on the Aleppo prison.

    Otherwise they would have just called it an attack.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Actually, I think the correct term is "workplace violence".

  • Swiss Servator, Befehl!||

    self-harming workplace violence incident

  • PapayaSF||

    Wait, I thought immigration was always a Good Thing™?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    It is. Immigrants on the other hand...

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    It is. Immigrants on the other hand...

  • MJGreen||

    Well he didn't bomb anything in Britain, so I don't see your snarky point.

  • Swiss Servator, Befehl!||

    I imagine the Syrian regime was not pleased with this particular "immigrant" was, I believe the snarkpoint he was making...?

  • PapayaSF||

    So importing Muslim fanatics is OK, as long as they go elsewhere when they bomb? That sounds practical.

  • Killaz||

    Obama Welcomes French President, Claims Relationship Was Unimaginable Ten Years Ago

    Good lord, what an idiot. If there is a foreign relation that is smooth sailing no matter what else is going on, be it near fascist coups, socialist victories and industrial nationalizations, or war related blunders, it is the one we have with the French. It's the restart button all over again with the administration patting themselves on the back for having high and mighty intentions.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Must have been all that warmongering that Assad did over in the UK. After all, we all know that the only reason terrorists attack targets in the West is because "we're over there".

  • Swiss Servator, Befehl!||



  • JeremyR||

    Yay for multiculturalism!


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