Jabhat al-Nusra under Duress, but still Effective

Three main DevelopmentsRecent months have marked three significant events related to the official al Qaeda Central Command (AQC) branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra (JN):mounting rumors about an impending split from AQ Central (AQC).an unprecedented wave of successful high profile attacks against top JN leaders by the Syrian Army, whilst thethe group's natural habitat, as demonstrations by residents protesting JN rule increased during February and early March and spread to several localities in the south, the Damascus suburbs and the North.These developments have been taking their toll on JN. Being in the spotlight amid such controversial reports brings increased psychological pressure on the group's operatives, which could be a recipe for mutiny or third-party intelligence penetration.  Video (above): Nusra Front release May 2015 "Scenes from Storming the ‘Abd al-Ḥay Checkpoint and Liberation of the Village Maṣībīn”For More on TRAC INSIGHT: Translated…

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Roger Farhat

Roger Farhat is a Senior Analyst and Researcher at Terrogence, a global pioneer of expert Virtual HUMINT™-driven Web Intelligence Services & Technology, designed to bridge crucial intelligence...