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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