March 11, 2013
On Monday, Al Qaeda front group in Iraq claimed an attack on a convoy in the west of Iraq that killed 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqi guards, in a statement posted on jihadist forums.
The soldiers, who were wounded and received treatment in Iraq, were being transported through the western province of Anbar on their way back to Syria when the attack took place on March 4, according to the Iraqi defence ministry.
But the ministry blamed the attack on a ‘terrorist group that infiltrated into Iraqi territory coming from Syria.’
The statement on jihadist forums said that Islamic State of Iraq fighters were able to destroy a column of ‘the Safavid army with its associated vehicles’ carrying ‘members of the Nusairi army and Syrian regime ‘shabiha.’’