World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has designated Al Nusra Front - a branch of Al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon - as a terrorist organization after the decision was announced by the Turkish Council of Ministers on Tuesday.
The decision, which was published in Turkey's Official newspaper, states that individuals and organizations linked to the group may now have their assets frozen.
The Nusra Front, which operates as Al-Qaeda's official wing in Syria under the command of Abu Muhammad al-Golani, has been fighting against Bashar al-Assad's regime in the three-year civil war, often alongside other local brigades.
They have also been engaged in fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a breakaway group which was disowned by Al-Qaeda under the command of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Both groups have been active along the Syrian border with Turkey, causing great concern.
Al-Nusra was listed as terrorist organization by the United States in December 2012. Several other countries, such as Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as the United Nations, also recognize it as a terrorist organization.Last Mod: 03 Haziran 2014, 13:10