Jabhat al-Nusra has failed to lure Ahrar al-Sham to join its ranks due to preconditions set by both sides. Jabhat al-Nusra then exerted more pressure on Jund al-Aqsa to force it to merge with it, given the importance of this merger in the battle of attraction, which has been recently flaring up between jihadi factions.

Jabhat al-Nusra’s proposal of the idea of merger and unification of ranks with Jund al-Aqsa comes in light of an intensified massive media campaign waged by...