Nusra cap­tures leader, fight­ers of Western backed rebels in north­ern Syria

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNACIONAL -

AM­MAN—Syria’s al Qaedalinked Nusra Front has ab­ducted the com­man­der of the Western­backed Jaish al-Tahrir brigade, along with sev­eral of his aides and scores of fight­ers in co­or­di­nated raids in north­ern Syria, Jaish al Tahrir said on Sun­day. Jaish al Tahrir was set up in Fe­bru­ary as part of an ef­fort to forge unity among mod­er­ate rebels in the Free Syr­ian Army (FSA) al­liance at a time when a ma­jor Is­lamic State ad­vance threat­ened their main strong­hold near the Turk­ish bor­der.

The pow­er­ful Is­lamist Nusra Front is ide­o­log­i­cally op­posed to the more mod­er­ate FSA rebels and their Western sup­port­ers, but oc­ca­sion­ally fights along­side them against Is­lamist State. Jaish al Tahrir, which has 4,000 well trained fight­ers, said their leader Mo­ham­mad al Ghabi and a num­ber of his aides were taken in a house raid in Kfr Nubl in Idlib prov­ince Satur­day night.— Reuters

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