The Nasra Front arrested leaders and “jihadists” accused of supporting al-Qaeda in Syria. Their names: Jordanian Sami al-Aridi, a former leader in the Nasra Front, Khalid Aarouri “Abu al-Qassam”, former deputy of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iyad al-Tubasi “Abu Jleibib”, former military commander, another military leader, Abu Hammam, and about 50 fighters, mostly Jordanian.
The Nasra Front said in a statement that those who were arrested sought to undermine the entity of Front’s victory and spread strife and rumors. The Nasra Front considered them the head of sedition and confirmed that it would refer the detainees to a Shari’a court.
Some sources said that al-Tubasi was arrested at a checkpoint for “Liberation of the Sham” in the countryside of Aleppo. The organization justified the arrest of Abu Jleibib at the point between the liberated areas and the Kurdish units, noting that he was trying to go to Daraa governorate, while the judiciary wanted Sami al-Aridi and therefore he was arrested.
The “Liberation of the Sham” published a statement yesterday evening, in which it said that groups of people with restricted view and narrow perception of limit were against the orientation of the “Liberation of the Sham” from the outset, with the purpose to form a Sunni entity. They were not satisfied with this, so they tried hard to undermine this structure and destabilize it, spreading sedition and arrogance under various pretexts and different means, until they reached the level of slander and stupidity.
Western and Arab media reported in October that Zawahiri had assigned Hamza bin Laden to establish an al-Qaeda branch in Syria. The Nasra Front said through the security official Obadah al-Ahmad: “Detainees will be brought to the Shari’a Court to consider their case”.