The leader of the foreign-backed al-Nusra militant group fighting against the Syrian government has pledged allegiance to the al-Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani, head of the terrorist al-Nusra Front, made the announcement in an audio message published on Wednesday.
His remarks came a day after the leader of al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq network, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced merger with the al-Nusra Front to play an even greater role in the crisis plaguing Syria.
Baghdadi said in a recording, “It is time to declare to the Levant and to the world that the al-Nusra Front is simply a branch of the Islamic State of Iraq.”
Jawlani further admitted that he had fought alongside al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, saying he is “proud” of the terrorist group’s flag in the country.
However, he added that the al-Nusra Front was not “consulted” on Baghdadi’s comments regarding a merger with the terrorist…
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