The Ahrar al Sham Islamic Movement, one of six units of the newly formed Islamic Front, conducted a joint raid with al Qaeda’s two official branches in Syria against Hezbollah and pro-Assad militias. Ahrar al Sham also was involved in the recent takeover of a large cache of weapons and munitions owned by the Free Syrian Army.

The Ahrar al Sham Islamic Movement announced that it, in conjunction with the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, targeted “the headquarters of [Hezbollah] and Abu al Fadhil al ‘Abbas,” a pro-government Syrian Shia militia, in the Sayyidah Zaynab and Hujayra farms area Damascus. The exact date of the operation was not disclosed. The statement, which is headed “Islamic Front / Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement | Damascus,” was released by the group on Dec. 7 and obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

“The mujahideen engaged with the shabiha [thug] militias with light machine guns and silenced pistols, which led to the killing of more than 50 of the shabiha, and taking of spoils of a number of individual weapons,” Ahrar al Sham stated. Additionally, the three groups ambushed a supply column and destroyed “four vehicles of the traitor army.” […]