Although Reuters today published an article, claiming Jabhat an-Nusra is being taken over by al-Qaeda in Iraq, reports from the field prove that Jabhat an-Nusra is still a major player in the Syrian war.
As @ElSaltador points out in reaction to the article Jabhat an-Nusra is still involved in at least four new combined offensives. an-Nusra fights under it’s own banner in defending Homs, participating in the Revenge of Banyas campaign in Idlib, the Battle of Furqan in Damascus and the Deraa offensive. Furthermore they still have an active role in defending the Hama countryside and fighting Hezbollah near the Sayyida Zaynab shrine in Damascus.
Future will tell how the apparent division between Jabhat an-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq (or al-Qaeda in Iraq) will evolve.
This post is about the Battle of al-Furqan, announced in a YouTube video yesterday.
In the name of Allah, The Merciful, The Gracious
Qur’an, Sura as-Saf, 61 – 4
Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are a [single] structure joined firmly.
We the following formations announce the beginning of the Battle of Furqan, that Allah differentiates with it between the truth and falsehood, and to overpower the force of disbelief and tyranny from our land and our people in the eastern Ghouta, under the formation of a united army, and a single flag, it’s banner , “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger”. And for the force of Iranians, Iraqi’s, Lebanese, and the government’s army, that God willing, there will be no existence for them on our land, and we will send them back to their countries, blameworthy, disrupted Allah Almighty willing. And we will spend what is expensive and what is cheap, till our last drop of blood.
The formations participating:
Al Maghawir forces
Al Faruq ‘Umar brigade
The Lions of Allah (Ussud Allah) and Al Ghouta revolutionaries
Douma martyrs brigade
Abu Musa al-Ashaari and al-Ridwan brigade
Swords of the truth brigade (Suyuf al-Haqq)
Al Baraa’ brigade
Daraa’ capital and Fat-h as-Sham brigade
Lions of Ghouta brigade
Imam Hussain brigade
Unity of Islam brigade
The first band ground forces
Special operations regiment
Special operations brigades
Harakat Ahrar as-Sham
The Amawi sword brigades and Islam martyrs
The next days will be interesting. Is there indeed a schisma forming in Syrian Jihad as Reuters claims or will Jabhat an-Nusra remain what it still is, one of the most efficient rebel factions in the Syrian war.
Just remember : “Cynicism about the future of humanity and the Earth is a luxury only the privileged can afford. The rest of us know only hope.”