March 16, 2012 Special Dispatch No. 4578

Backlash Against Al-Tartousi For His Criticism Of New Syrian Jihad Group; Sheikh Abu Sa'd Al-'Amili To Al-Tartousi: 'Come Back To Your Senses'

March 16, 2012
Special Dispatch No. 4578

On January 24, 2012, the jihadi group Jabhat Al-Nusra Li-Ahl Al-Sham ("The Front for the Defense of the Syrian People") announced its establishment, in a video posted on the Shumoukh Al-Islam jihadi forum.

Shortly afterwards, prominent Salafi-jihadi cleric Abu Basir Al-Tartousi, who is highly regarded in the jihadi world for his religious authority, posted criticism of the group on his Facebook page, stating that the group's authenticity was in question. ...

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