Three men were executed publicly in the town of Raqqa in Syria. The men who carried out the execution called themselves claimed they had done so in the name of The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. The group claimed it was in retaliation for massacres at Banyas (Baniyas) and al-Baida. We spoke to Brown Moses about the increasingly sectarian nature of the violence in Syria, which has left many people asking if the conflict is taking a new direction.
A lot of the graphic footage coming out of Syria has been associated with extremist opposition groups but the name that has cropped up the most is Jabhat al-Nusra. But who are the secretive jihadists? Where do they come from and what links to they have with al Qaeda, Iraq and what have they got to do with The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham?
|Arabic: جبهة النصرة لأهل الشام|
|Participant in the Syrian civil war|
Flag of Al-Nusra Front
|Active||23 Jan 2012 – present|
|Leaders||Abu Mohammad al-Golani|
|Strength||6,000 (June 2013)|
Syrian Islamic Front
Islamic State of Iraq
al-Qaeda in Iraq
Ghuraba al-Sham 
|Opponents|| Syrian Armed Forces|
Democratic Union Party
Ghuraba al-Sham