Al-Qaeda’s Syria branch seeks image makeover in West
Al-Qaeda's Syria franchise is striving to reinvent itself as a legitimate opposition force that is more acceptable to the West, but it is unlikely to succeed, analysts said Thursday. In a rare television interview, Al-Nusra Front chief Abu Mohamed al-Jolani vowed not to use Syria as a springboard to attack the West and said he would be willing to protect minorities. "It's all part of a normalisation process that Al-Qaeda in Syria has been seeking to do for some time now," said Charlie Winter, an analyst on jihadism at the London-based Quilliam Foundation.
4 June, 2015 Al-Qaeda’s Syria chief says IS caliphate ‘illegitimate’ The chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate described the rival Islamic State group's self-proclaimed caliphate as "illegitimate", in a wide-ranging television interview aired on Wednesday. In the second part of his appearance on the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news channel, Al-Nusra Front […]
19 April, 2014 Syria rivalry sharply splits jihadist ranks Rivalry between jihadist groups fighting in Syria has sharply divided global militant ranks once loosely allied under Al-Qaeda, sparking infighting which experts say has hampered efforts to topple President Bashar al-Assad. And while senior leaders of Al-Qaeda were all but above question […]
6 March, 2015 Top Qaeda leader, commanders reported killed in Syria The military chief and several top commanders of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front have been reported killed in northwestern Syria, where the jihadist militia has made major gains in recent months. The UN Security Council, meanwhile, adopted a US-drafted resolution condemning the […]
12 December, 2016 Lasting IS defeat unlikely anytime soon: report In a report, 20 experts on the Middle East and jihadism also described how organizations such as Al-Qaeda and the group formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front are adapting methods and continuing to expand. A US-led coalition has since 2014 been striking IS targets in Iraq and Syria, […]