Jabhat al-Nusra (JN)

On April 8, 2013, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) – Al-Qaeda in Iraq – released a recorded audio message by its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in which he announced that the Syria jihadi group Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN) has been merely an extension of the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI in Syria. Al-Baghdadi confirms that Jabhat Al-Nusra has been receiving monthly funds from ISI.  Al-Baghdadi announced that the names ISI and JN are not to be used anymore; instead, he declares the official merging of the two groups under the name "Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham." According to Aron Lund, al-Nusra is ”the most dangerous group in the mix, which is an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq. By one rebel estimate, it has grown to include perhaps 6,000 fighters. But this group, perhaps fearing that it will be targeted by Western counterterrorism forces, is said to be keeping its head down — and perhaps commingling with the Salafist umbrella group.”VideoPress Conference: Abu Muhammad…

Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), also known as Al-Nusra Front, al-Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant , Jabhat al-Nusra Li-Ahl al-Sham, Front to Protect the Syrian People, Strangers for a Greater Syria, Jabhat an Nusra, Ahrar al Sham, The Victory Front, Ansar al-Jebhat al-Nusra li-Ahl al-Sham, Supporters of the Front for Victory of the People of Syria, Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, The Third Army, Jabhat al-Nusra l’Ahl as-Sham, Support Front for the People of the Sham is an active group formed c. 2011.
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