March 4, 2014

Jihadist Blueprint Gains Traction in Syria

Hassan Hassan, The National

The Associated Press

A top Sharia official in Jabhat Al Nusra, the Al Qaeda formal affiliate in Syria, has acknowledged for the first time that his faction is influenced by the teachings of Abu Musab Al Suri, a Syrian jihadist who fought the Assad regime in the 1970s and 1980s, before becoming one of the world’s most renowned jihadist ideologues. The acknowledgement did not spark much media attention, but is hugely significant for understanding the ideological underpinnings of Syria’s jihadist groups.

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TAGGED: Jihadists, Jabhat Al-Nusra, Islamists, Syria

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