Interview with Abū Muhammad al-Jūlānī, broadcasted by Al Jazeera on May 27, 2015
The war is now, after four years, coming to the Alawite heartland. (The coastal region and eventually Damascus)
The war will not be won at the coast but in Damascus itself
Alawites who turn their back on the regime, repent and embrace Islam will be regarded as brothers and hence forgiven.
The majority of the Christians support the regime, but we are not at war with them. We are at war with those who are fighting against us. If the Christians repent, they will be succumbed to Shari’a laws and will pay Jizya.
Although some groups that formed Jaysh al-Fath (the coalition that conquered most of Idlib province recently) with us, are dwelling on their interpretation of Islam, we will not declare Takfīr on them. They have flaws but we are fighting a common cause.
We have no financial support from any nation whatsoever. Instead we rely on private donations and mostly on the spoils of war. It is highly important to stay fully independent.
The so-called Khorasan group, supposedly active within our ranks, doesn’t exist. We first heard about it via the media after the US lead coalition bombed us. It is merely a Western invention to justify the bombings on us. There are some brothers from Khorasan who joined our strife though.
Dr. Ayman az-Zawāhirī (general AQ leader) instructed us not to attack the West from Syria, although that might change if they continue to attack us. It is indeed well known in Syria that the US lead coalition cooperates with the regime; how is it otherwise possible they share the same airspace?
The Islamic State is distracting us from waging a full war on Hezbollah and Shi’a militia, who are supporting the regime.
Hezbollah is the last resort of the regime. The regimes end is nearing. When the regime will fall, Hezbollah will be forced to withdraw from Syria.
(A new interview will be released next week, going in depth on the troubled relation with The Islamic State)