Video shows smiling US bomber in Syria

2014-07-26 22:39

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Beirut - An al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

The Nusra Front released the new video late on Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the 25 May attack that targeted several army positions at the same time.

It said two of the other three suicide attackers in the assault in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib were from foreign countries, including one who was identified as being from the Maldives.

Abu-Salha appears smiling in the video and speaks in broken Arabic.

"I want to rest in the afterlife, in heaven. There is nothing here and the heart is not resting," Abu-Salha says. "Heaven is better. When people die they either go to heaven or hell. There is happiness beyond explanation."

The video, released by Nusra Front's media arm, al-Manara al-Baydha, was posted on jihadi websites. It corresponded with Associated Press reporting about the attack and Abu-Salha.

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