#Breaking Central Asia #jihadists in #Syria declare allegiance to #Qaeda (Al Qaeda) 

23 September 2015 – 23H25 Central Asia jihadists in Syria declare allegiance to Qaeda inShare © AMC/AFP/File | Fighters from Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in Aleppo flying Islamist flags, May 26, 2015

BEIRUT (AFP) – A group of mainly Central Asian jihadists fighting in Syria on Wednesday declared allegiance to Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in the country to battle the regime, its ally Russia and a US-led coalition.Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar — which includes Chechens, Uzbeks and Tajiks — first appeared in Syria in 2012 and has around 1,500 fighters in the northern province of Aleppo.

“Those who follow the course of events in Syria noticed the ferocity of the war against our brothers… and the alignment of the infidels, the Nusayris, the rawafed, the Russians and the Crusaders,” said a statement posted online.Nusayri is a derogatory term for Alawite, the offshoot of Shiite Islam to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs, while the rawafed is a pejorative term for Shiites.

Source: Flash – Central Asia jihadists in Syria declare allegiance to Qaeda – France 24

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