by Florian Flade
Three Syrian rebel groups with probably hundreds to thousands of fighters have announced the formation of a new joint-organization called „Islamic Front of Syria“ or „Jabhat al-Islamiyya as-Suriya“.
On Friday a video was released on the Internet showing the leaders of Ahrar al-Sham, Ansar al-Islam and Jaysh al-Tawhid presenting the foundation of the new group. Coming from a Sunni-Salafi background the „Islamic Front of Syria“ is believed to function as an umbrella organization. With the „Free Syrian Army“ (FSA) and the Jihadi faction „Jabhat al-Nusrah“ the new group is now one of the major players in the Syrian conflict. According to the founders the „Islamic Front of Syria“ was created to protect the Sunni people from the crimes of the Assad regime.
Within a few hours the „Islamic Syrian Front“ already presented a new logo and was uploading videos from the Syrian battlefield onto the Internet, showing IED attacks, ambushes and the capture of Syrian anti-aircraft missiles.