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Al Qaeda Uniting Insurgent Groups in Aleppo

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Published on Sep 21, 2012

The footage is taken from the aftenmath of an attack in which a military research station was stormed in Aleppo. The narrator announces the presence of Ahrar Al Sham, Soqor Sham, Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Qaeda in Syria) and Ansar Al Sunna. The flag of Al Qaeda can be seen briefly on the sofa in addition to another large Jihadist banner.

The most noteworthy aspect of this video is the fact that the major Jihadist groups in Northern Syria, notably in Aleppo and Idlib are beginning to unite under the conrol of Al Qaeda's main representation in Syria - Jabhat Al Nusra. The development has been largely ignored in the West.

Ahrar Al Sham especially, arguably the most advanced militant faction in Syria, are becoming almost identical to Al Qaeda both in their rhetoric, propaganda and tactics and appear far more powerful than the few genuine insurgent groups who in name at least choose to affiliate themselves with the largely symbolic 'Free Syrian Army.'

Ahrar Al Sham's possible merger with Al Qaeda would create easily the most powerful insurgent force in Syria and represent a massive boost to Al Qaeda's burgeoning dominance of the Syrian insurgency.

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