Support the
Henry Jackson
Society

Our work is only possible through the generosity of private philanthropy. Find out how you can support our mission and can contribute to our work.

Members' log in
News Coverage
Abu al-Khayr (via CNN)
December 17, 2016

Civilians fleeing Aleppo are already being recruited to join gangs of local jihadi extremists linked to al-Qaeda

by
Kyle Orton

Originally published by Daily Mail

Men fleeing Aleppo risk recruitment by jihadi groups operating in northern Syria, where an al-Qaeda-linked group has its main hub.

Civilians fleeing Aleppo are moving to Idlib province, where there are more than 50,000 rebel troops, including fighters loyal to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, a proscribed terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda.

‘JFS/al-Qaeda is one of the biggest winners from the fall of Aleppo’, Syria analyst Kyle Orton told MailOnline. ‘In simple military terms those who wish to continue the fight against the pro-regime coalition – likely to include many embittered young men from Aleppo City, unless the regime annihilates them all – are now moving into a phase where that cannot be done from governed areas but has to be done by guerrilla warfare, and in that al-Qaeda clearly has a tactical advantage.’

To read the full article, click here.