Translation: Ahrar al-Sham statement criticizing Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda in Iraq

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UPDATE 5/15/2013: I have fixed an error I made in the original translation where I missed a line. It is point #6 up to “our wounded people.”

I thought I would switch to Syria today since I saw that this interesting statement came out on Saturday. This is the translation of Ahrar al-Sham’s statement in which they criticize both Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda in Iraq for two statements: the first, AQI’s announcement of the merger of Jabhat al-Nusra and AQI into the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The second, Jabhat al-Nusra’s statement in which its leader, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, pledged allegiance  to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (in the same statement, however, he basically denied a full merger and asserted that JAN would retain its name and implicitly its autonomy).

Aron Lund has already put up a good post about this statement at Syria Comment, so I won’t add much. Two quick things…

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