The UN Security Council today added Syrian militant group Al Nusra Front to its global sanctions list because of its links to al-Qaeda.
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.
France and Britain jointly sought Al-Nusra’s designation after blocking a demand by the Syrian government.
Al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani last month pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri,