Jund al Aqsa, an al Qaeda front group in Syria, claims to have seized much of the town of Morek from Bashar al Assad’s regime. The town sits on a major highway connecting the cities of Aleppo and Hama. The group posted celebratory photos (seen above and below) on its official Twitter feed earlier today. The images show the jihadists in control of positions within Morek.

One photo shows Jund al Aqsa fighters taking possession of an Assad regime tank. Other images show the jihadists taking “spoils” and raising an al Qaeda-style black “banner of monotheism” within the town.

It is not clear as of this writing if the entire town has fallen, or parts of it. A tweet from Jund al Aqsa indicates that the fighting is still ongoing. But a 30 second video also shows the organization’s members driving through the center of Morek, which has clearly suffered from the ravages of war. Many of the town’s buildings have been extensively damaged, with rubble spilling out into the road. […]