Report: Lebanese, Syrians in Al-Nusra Front Defect, Join Islamic State Ranks

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A group loyal to al-Qaida's official Syrian arm the Al-Nusra Front will head soon to the governorate of al-Raqqa in northern Syria to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State, al-Akhbar newspaper reported.

The daily said in a report published on Wednesday that Al-Nusra Front fighters are angered by the “achievements accomplished by the Islamic State,” which prompted Abou Malek al-Shami, the emir of the al-Qaida-linked group in al-Qalamoun, to issue an audio tape in order to convince the group’s members not to defect.

The group is allegedly comprised of Lebanese and Syrian nationals.

Last week, al-Shami promised in an audio message to free Islamist prisoners in Roumieh “within days,” describing the inmates as “Muslim captives and jihadist brethren.”

The newspaper said that a large number of Lebanese fighters in the Bekaa Valley and northern Lebanon named al-Shami as their Emir after the Nusra Front failed to appoint one.

Around 50 people from an estimated 600 fighters in areas near the Syrian-Lebanese border have so far defected from the Nusra Front.

Meanwhile, security sources told al-Akhbar that around 20 people in the southern Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the enigmatic self-proclaimed "caliph" of a state straddling Iraq and Syria.

Sources said that Mohammed A., also identified as Abou Aisha, is leading the group.

Although both IS and the Al-Nusra Front are rooted in al-Qaida, the two have been rivals for much of the time that IS has been involved in Syria's civil war since spring last year.

The newspaper said that the rise of the Islamic State inflicted damage on the reputation of Al-Nusra Front that hasn't been able to achieve much recently.

Last week, the shadowy Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The ruthless jihadists of the ISIL, who are spearheading a Sunni militant offensive in Iraq, on Sunday declared an "Islamic caliphate" and ordered Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to their chief, in a spectacular bid to extend their authority.

The group renamed itself simply the Islamic State (IS) and declared its elusive frontman the leader of the world's Muslims, in a clear challenge to al-Qaida for control of the global jihadist movement.

A "caliphate" is an Islamic form of government last seen under the Ottoman Empire.

The mysterious Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade had in the past claimed that it is an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but the ISIL later denied that.



Comments 13
Default-user-icon Gurvan Wishmakan (Guest) 09 July 2014, 09:33

The Sanni lunatics are become more lunatics! Call it the dream lunacy of the Sannis. Actually, this is due to a genetic mutation that come down from the grandaddies of Sanni lunacy, Moawiya and his beastly son Yazid, a mutation that affects all Sannis and will exhibit itself sooner rather than later. It goes by the medical term: Sannis Lunaticus Berserki. The last I checked in the medical annals there was mention of it affecting Christian Sannis of Farts 14. So, people, beware. The Sanni lunacy is spreading like wildfire in some non-genuine Sanni circles.

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 July 2014, 11:34

lol, Lebanese Sunnis now fighting for ISIL, aka the Islamic Army of Bashar?!?! unbelivable!

Missing 09 July 2014, 12:17

Guvan - Another bigot joining the comment pages!

Missing saudi 09 July 2014, 13:11

Bashar Assad was 100% right.
"There is no Opposition, there is no Sunni -Wahhabi moderate. All terrorists. Created by Saudi culture and supported by Israel (USA & West) to destroy the pride of Arabic Identity including the Palestinian Cause."

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 July 2014, 13:38

aren't you tired of posting bs accusations jerry? what's in it for you? is that how you earn your paycheck?

Missing saudi 09 July 2014, 14:03

Have Geagea pledged allegiance to Baghdadi yet?
Any news?

Thumb sevilla 09 July 2014, 18:47

never heard a 'saudi' say jesus!

Missing cedars 09 July 2014, 14:10

countries are advancing in technology and economy and we are still stuck at militias and non national armies running Arab countries.
This non sense of both Shia and Sunni running their own militias has to stop. Each national army for each country needs to disarm by force or peace their local militias.

Default-user-icon Samir MO (Guest) 09 July 2014, 17:11

Gurvan Wishmakan
First of all I’m not Sunni (honored if I was) but reading such respond make me mad because all the world is ignoring moderate Sunni and pushing them to extreme then they complain!

Default-user-icon Ferdibon Ghashkolti (Guest) 09 July 2014, 10:05

allahou akbar. allahou akbar. allahou akbar. A supposedly Christian (so indicates his pathetic name and retarded racist icon) has revealed himself. allahou akbar. The Christian style al-Nusra takfiri is among us. Let all those who are not with the takfiris be destroyed wherever they "maybe" may be, be as they may (maybe, huh)!!! allahou akbar.

Missing 09 July 2014, 11:02

Also they should ban a biggot like you.

Missing ransar 09 July 2014, 11:51

When there is such an article they'll become very busy and will ignore it.

Thumb _mowaten_ 09 July 2014, 13:41

al akhbar is nobody's mouthpiece (they are actually banned in syria for instance) and they have a track record of being reliable. not every news outlet that doesnt praise m14 and nusra to the skies is a "HA mouthpiece"