Supporters of the Al Nusra Front take part in a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the international coalition in Aleppo on September 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Fadi al-Halabi)
he US-led air campaign against terrorists in Syria amounts to a war against Islam, Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front group has claimed, promising retaliation against those states involved in the bombing of the ‘caliphate’ instead of targeting Assad forces.
“We are in a long war. This war will not end in months nor years,” group spokesman Abu Firas al-Suri said as cited by Reuters. “It’s not a war against Nusra Front, it’s a war against Islam.”
Dozens of Al-Nusra Front fighters were reportedly killed after the anti-ISIS coalition launched the first round of its airstrikes on Tuesday, and the audio message released on Saturday is the group’s first reaction to attacks.
“These countries have done a despicable act that will put them on the list of those targeted by jihadist forces all over the world,” the spokesman added.
The United States and its five Arab allies – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – all participated in the campaign in Syria while over 50 states expressed their general support for the coalition’s fight against the Islamic State threat. So far European allies have been more cautious than the US, with the UK and France only bombing targets in Iraq, which actually requested international intervention, unlike Syria which has only been “informed” about the forthcoming operation on its soil.
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