The honourable Steven Blaney, Canadian Minister of Public Security, announced on November 8th 2013, that his government has registered the groups Jabhat al-Nusra li Ahl al-Sham  (a.k.a « al-Nusra Front ») and al-Muwaqi’un Bil Dima on the list of terrorist entities, by virtue of the criminal code.

This decision comes at a time when the historical leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is reorganizing his base in Syria. In September, the two armies that represented it, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Support Front for the Population of the Levant, had broken away from the National Syrian Coalition and denounced all those who were considering to attend in the Geneva 2 conference. On November 7th, Ayman al-Zawahiri ordered the dissolution of the ISIL, stating that from now on only the al-Nusra Front would represent him in Syria.

The Signatories in Blood represent Al-Qaeda in Mali. They are behind the hostage crisis near In Amenas, Algeria, in January of this year.

On December 11th 2012, the United States cut off its military support to the al-Nusra Front and classified it as a terrorist organization. Subsequently, the different NATO members progressively followed suite. De facto, NATO no longer supports any other group in Syria except the Free Syrian Army, which was never anything else but a facade for the Turkish Army.

The reader may consult the up-to-date Canadian list here.

Alizée Ville