1,500 foreign jihadists join al-Qaeda wing in Syria


Members of the Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar who pledged allegiance to Nusra Front in Syria. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – The Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Muhajireen Brigade) armed group fighting in Syria has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate al-Nusra Front, activists reported on Wednesday.

Muhajireen Brigade, which includes some 1,500 Chechen, Tajik and Uzbek militant fighters, declared allegiance to Nusra in a statement, pro-Nusra sources said. 

With the new 1,500 fighters joining Nusra Front, the group is increasing its chances in the battle against its rival Islamic State (ISIS). 

Speaking to ARA News, Abu al-Adham, member of the Muhajireen Brigade, said: “We, under the leadership of Abu Abdullah al-Turkistani, have pledged allegiance to al-Nusra Front after the war in Syria entered a critical juncture, especially after Russia started a military buildup in Syria.”

“We as Mujahideen need to unite in the face of Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies. There is also a need for a strong force that could fight Daesh (ISIS) more effectively,” Abu al-Adham said.

Nusra has been battling ISIS in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo for nearly two years. 

In June, leader of al-Nusra Front Abu Muhammad al-Joulani said that around 30% of his fighters are foreign nationals, including Russians, Chechens, Europeans and Asians. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News 

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One thought on “1,500 foreign jihadists join al-Qaeda wing in Syria”

  1. mike says:

    Good reason to Russians to be in Syria.To strike the iron while it is hot!
    And if these rats got a chance to go to back home, imagine how dangerous they will be to Russian security.

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