19 Facts About Al-Nusra Front


Al-Nusra Front is estimated to be primarily made up of Syrian jihadists.

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Tactics of al-Nusra Front differed markedly from those of rival jihadist group ISIL; whereas ISIL has alienated local populations by demanding their allegiance and carrying out beheadings, al-Nusra Front cooperated with other militant groups and declined to impose sharia law where there has been opposition.

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Al-Nusra Front criticized the way ISIL alienated people by precipitously instituting sharia, preferring the more gradual approach favored by al-Qaeda of preparing society through indoctrination and education before implementing the hudud aspects of sharia.

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The Nusra Al-Nusra Front praised the November 2015 Paris attacks, saying that even though they view ISIL as "dogs of hellfire", they applaud when "infidels" get attacked by ISIL.

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In December 2014, al-Nusra Front fighters shot dead a woman execution-style on accusations of adultery.

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Al-Nusra Front's leadership issued an apology and claimed that the killings had been carried out against the group's guidelines.

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Al-Nusra Front contained a hierarchy of religious bodies, with a small Majlis-ash-Shura at the top, making national decisions on behalf of the group.

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All statements and videos by al-Nusra Front have been released by its media outlet, al-Manarah al-Bayda, via the leading jihadist webforum Shamoukh al-Islam.

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On 5 June 2012, al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the killings, stating that they had captured and interrogated the soldiers in Deir ez-Zor and "justly" punished them with death, after they confessed to crimes.

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Al-Nusra Front was reportedly responsible for the making of car bombs that were used to attack Damascus in the previous months.

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Al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the attack and published photos of 11 station employees they kidnapped following the raid.

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Al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for attacking numerous Syrian military bases, including:.

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Al-Jazeera claimed that Al-Nusra Front's leadership apologized and blamed the incident on a few undisciplined fighters.

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French expert on jihadism Romain Caillet agreed: "The overwhelming majority of Al-Nusra Front members want to stay in al-Qaeda, particularly foreign fighters who represent at least one-third of the organisation".

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Al-Nusra Front was the emir for the al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Jihad in Central Asia.

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Al-Nusra Front allegedly have an elite sniper unit known as the "Wolf Group".

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Al-Nusra Front said "There is no choice but to escalate the battle and to target Alawite towns and villages in Latakia".

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Al-Nusra Front later admitted to the killing of 30 civilians overall in three Alawite villages, includes those in Maksar al-Hesan.

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Al-Nusra Front was interrogated at al-Nusra's headquarters before the evacuation.

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