October 21, 2016

Nusra Front renames itself Jabhat Fatah al-Sham

Members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front gesture as they drive in a convoy touring villages in the southern countryside of Idlib

Nusra Front has renamed itself Jabhat Fatah al Sham so that the international community, the United States and Russia can no longer use the pretext of its affiliation with al Qaeda to attack Syrians, the group’s leader, Abu Mohamad al-Golani said.

Listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States, Nusra Front was excluded from Syria’s February cessation of hostilities truce. Russia and the United States are also discussing closer coordination to target the group.

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