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      UN Blacklists Syrian Al-Nusra Front

      UN Security Council blacklists the Syrian group Al-Nusra Front, adds it to its global sanctions list because of its links to Al-Qaeda.
      By Elad Benari, Canada
      First Publish: 5/31/2013, 11:23 PM

      Syrian supporters of the Al-Nusra group
      Syrian supporters of the Al-Nusra group
      AFP photo

      The UN Security Council on Friday blacklisted the Syrian group Al-Nusra Front and added it to its global sanctions list because of its links to Al-Qaeda, Al Arabiya reported.

      The group, a feared force battling President Bashar al-Assad, is now subject to an international asset freeze and arms embargo, according to an announcement made by the Security Council’s Al-Qaeda sanctions committee.

      Al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani last month pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, confirming suspicions of ties between the rebel group and the terrorist group founded by Osama bin Laden.

      The announcement followed a message from Zawahiri, urging rebels to fight to establish an Islamic state in Syria, and was received with caution by the mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army.

      The U.S. government designated Al-Nusra a terrorist organization last year and added al-Jawlani to its terrorist blacklist this month.

      Al-Nusra is one of 13 factions in the radical Islamist rebel council that announced its secession from the main opposition force and declared its own Islamic state in Aleppo.

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)