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Al-Nusra Front forging al-Qaida base in Syria

Jerusalem Post [1]
September 28, 2013

Syria’s most prominent jihadist organization, the Nusra Front [2], is creating a base for al-Qaida in the heart of the Middle East from which waves of terrorism and radical subversion will likely ripple out and threaten regional and global security.

This is according to a report issued this week by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center [3] near Tel Aviv.

A team of researchers from the center spent a year composing the 150-page document, which charts in remarkable detail the rise of the Nusra Front as well as its structure, leadership, size, scope of operations, ideological goals and growing geographic spheres of influence.

The report provides assessments of the threat the group poses in the near-, medium and long-term future.

Dr. Reuven Erlich, the head of the center, told The Jerusalem Post there was no doubt that the Nusra Front posed a significant strategic threat. He emphasized the quick pace of its growth in Syria and compared this to the time it took al-Qaida to become entrenched in Afghanistan  [4]in the 1980s and ’90s.

Full article here [1]