A former al-Qaeda member says the ringleader of the al-Nusra Front, the primary terrorist group in Syria, is an operative of the US Central Intelligence Agency CIA.
“I personally believe that the leader of the Nusra Army who declared his support for Ayman al-Zawahiri is a CIA operative,” Sheikh Naiim, who led an al-Qaeda training camp in Egypt, said in a released video.
Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani, the head of the terrorist al-Nusra Front, said on April 10 that the group was loyal to the al-Qaeda chief al-Zawahiri.
Sheikh Naiim called on those who have joined the foreign-backed al-Nusra Front to be wary of the true objectives of the cause they're fighting for.
He said militants were fighting a war in Syria on behalf of the US, adding Washington was trying to reap its own benefits from the crisis in the Arab country.
He added that the US support for the al-Nusra Front and other militant groups fighting against the Syrian government was part of the same campaign.
Foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria, which erupted in March 2011, has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.
The al-Nusra Front has been behind many of the deadly bombings targeting both civilians and government institutions across Syria since the beginning of the violence.