The Long War Journal
March 21, 2014
A recently released video produced by the Al Nusrah Front features
Abu Firas al Suri, an al Qaeda veteran who has waged jihad since the
late 1970s. In his video debut, al Suri criticizes the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), a jihadist group that has been disowned by al
Qaeda’s senior leadership.
The Al Nusrah Front is al Qaeda’s official branch inside Syria and has been openly fighting ISIS both online and on the ground.
Abu Firas is one of the senior al Qaeda officials who was entrusted to mediate the dispute, but those efforts have failed.