Al Nusra Front Leader Says They Will Rule Recently Captured Provincial Capital Of Idlid According To Sharia Law
Sadly, most Syrians would rather be ruled by al-Qaeda than the Islamic State.
Two of Obama’s JV teams now rule two provincial capitals in Syria.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front indicated Wednesday that a Syrian city captured from the government in recent days would be ruled according to Islamic Shariah law but the group would not seek to monopolize power there.
Nusra Front’s leader, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, also said residents of the northwestern city of Idlib would be treated well by his fighters and other Islamist factions that captured it Saturday.
“We salute the people of Idlib and their stand with their sons, the Mujahideen, … and God willing they will enjoy the justice of Shariah, which will preserve their religion and their blood,” Golani said in an audio recording posted on Nusra Front-affiliated online media.
The capture of Idlib marked only the second time since the start of the Syrian conflict that the government had lost control of a provincial capital. The first was Raqqa, which ISIS has turned into its de facto capital.
Nusra Front, which has fought ISIS, and other groups including the hardline Ahrar al-Sham took control of Idlib, 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, after four days of fighting with government forces.
Nusra Front’s influence has been expanding in the northwestern corner of Syria, where it has crushed at least two Western-backed rebel groups in recent months.