Abú Suleiman al Masri, Syrian militant, leader of Al-Nusra dead

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Abú Suleiman al Masri died on October 24, 2015.

He was with The al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra “The Support Front for the People of Al-Sham”, often abbreviated to JN or JaN), sometimes called al-Qaeda in Syria or al-Qaeda in the Levant, is a Sunni Islamic jihadist militia fighting against Syrian Government forces in the Syrian Civil War, with the aim of establishing an Islamist state in the country.

It is the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, and also operates in neighbouring Lebanon.

The group announced its formation on January 23, 2012.

In November 2012, The Washington Post described al-Nusra as the most successful arm of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

After Ten days, the United States designated Jabhat al-Nusra as a foreign terrorist organization, it has also been designated a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council, France, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and Turkey.

There were reports that Qatar and other Gulf states were trying to get al-Nusra to split away from al-Qaeda in early 2015, after which they would support al-Nusra with money.

The Western observers and a Syrian observer considered such a split unlikely, and in March 2015, al-Nusra’s leadership denied a break-up or that talks with Qatar had occurred. Other Syrian observers considered such a split conceivable or imminent.

Since 2015, al-Nusra cooperates with Islamist and jihadist rebel groups, and sometimes Free Syrian Army-aligned groups, against Syrian government forces (see section Relations with other Syrian rebels).

Abú Suleiman al Masri was killed in October 2015.

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