Syria's Nusra Front outlawed in UK
A fighter in the Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra faction (Paul Watson/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Syria's Nusra Front, which is currently fighting against the Syrian government, has been banned by the UK, the Associated Press has reported.
The ban means that belonging to the Al-Quaeda tied group will now prove a criminal offense.
The Nusra Front, which also goes by the name Jabhat al-Nusra, will join a litany of
other organisations which are outlawed by the British government, such as Al-Qaeda.
The government expressed Friday its concerns that the Nusra Front is nothing more than a pseudonym for Al-Qaeda. It is concerned that Islamist terror is becoming a significant threat in the region, and, because of Syria's relative proximity to Europe, that it therefore poses a threat to to the United Kingdom.
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