Leader of al-Nusra Front Abu Muhammad al-Joulani, in a video, announced his organization’s breaking away from al-Qaeda, vowing to continue the Takfiri terrorist group’s activities in Syria under the new name of Fatah al-Sham Front.
Joulani appeared on video for the first time to announce that his organization is no longer flying under the same banner with al-Qaeda.
Last week, al-Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria voted to cut ties with al-Qaeda despite opposition from some of its key members.
The Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate’s consultation Shura council reportedly voted to break ties with the terrorist group after a split in its ranks emerged following the announcement of coordinated Russia-US air strikes against the militant group.
Following the official announcement of the decision, Iran said the Al-Nusra Front’s breakaway from Al-Qaeda and renaming the group will not change its terrorist nature.
“Changing the name of the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group to Fath al-Sham Front is like playing with words and its separation from the Al-Qaeda does not help the terrorists to come out of the list of terrorist groups,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.
“The goal of this game is to strike off this group from the list of terrorist groups as the ugly face of extremism and terrorism cannot be cleaned with such moves,” Qassemi added.
The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said that such measures show the political bankruptcy of the supporters of extremism headed by Saudi Arabia as father and main supporter of Al-Qaeda, Taliban, the ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and many terrorist groups in the region, specially Syria.
Qassemi called on the international society to consider the causes and grounds resulting in emergence of the heinous phenomenon of terrorism and its effects on the same basis to exert pressure on the founders and supporters of the same groups for uprooting them.