In a new photo report purportedly released by the Islamic State, ISIS militants are shown in combat with the SAA on the outskirts of the T4 Airport base, near Palmyra and Homs, Syria. The photo report was released on ISIS terrorist channels on January 3. An accompanying summary of the photo report reads: "Targeting Nusayri Army Positions Northeast of #T4 Airbase Using Various Types of Weapons." While nearly all of the extremist organizations in Syria are Sunni, the Syrian government is run by Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite or “Nusayri Shia.” According to The Believe Project, Nusayri Shia doctrine developed in the mountains of Syria in the 9th century by Abu Shu’ayb Muhammad ibn Nusayr. ISIS considers the sect heretical and refers to the entire Syrian regime as "Nusayri," which has come to be a negative term.
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