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The Jamah al-Nasri (Arabic: جيش الناصري) literally the Army of the Nazarene, also known as the Al-Nasri Front (Arabic: الجبهة الناصري) and officially the United Resistance of Followers of the Nazarene (Arabic: المتحدة للمقاومة من أتباع الناصري), is a Middle Eastern Christian militant group, most active in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel, other countries where it also operates with active cells include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Afghanistan, Libya and Kuwait.
It is a unification of that several Christian militant groups operating in the Middle East.
Its goals are to provide an "armed resistance" for the Christians of the Middle East against Islamist terrorist groups, as well as tyrannical Islamic governments. It has engaged in warfare and clashes against Al-Queada, the Islamic State, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah, and against the governments of Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
It was found by Dawood Abdul-Rahim, a Syrian Christian, who merged with other Middle Eastern Christian leaders. The Al-Nasri Front is seen as a vigilante militant force by certain, a terrorist groups by others. The governments of Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Canada, Indonesia, Argentina, Germany, Belarus, Ukraine, Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Syria consider it a vigilante force, with Russia being one of its biggest-known supporters. The governments of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Australia, the Gulf States and Mexico currently see them as a terrorist organization. The United States has no stance, with right-wing and conservative groups referring to them as a resistance group against Islamism, and liberal and left-wing groups referring to them as a terrorist group.
Members of the Al-Nasri Front are also known to carry-forth operations against wanted Islamic terrorists, and were responsible for the death of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the notorious ISIS.
The Al-Nasri Front has received criticisms of being a Christian supremacist, racist and anti-Islamic group, particularly by global Islamic activists who have called for the governments of all Muslim nations to "step up to this growing threat". Muslims have accused the Al-Nasri Front of killing innocent non-Muslims.
The Al-Nasri Front also has known alliances with other Christian militant groups in Muslim countries outside of the Middle East. These known include the Ambonese Resistant Front operating in the Maluku Province of Indonesia, the Lumad Protection Alliance operating in Bangsamoro, the Defenders of Christ in Kazakhstan, and the South Nigerian Emergency of Nigeria.
Its Middle Eastern allies include the Phalange Party of Lebanon.
In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2010, Dawood Abdul-Rahim, a former supporter criticized the Arab Spring as an attempt to establish an Islamic dictatorship in the Middle East. Abdul-Rahim, is a Christian from Syria. Abdul-Rahim called on Christian leaders to set up armed resistance against the growing Islamic threat, and against Islamist threats.
Dawood Abdul-Rahim met with other notable Middle Eastern Christian leaders, most notably Hilarion Capucci, fellow Syrian and Melkite Greek Catholic Leader. Abdul-Rahim and Capucci called for Middle Eastern Christians to stop following the "false-doctrine" of pacifism, and fight back against Islamic terrorists.
Abdul-Rahim, led an unnamed resistance against the Arab Spring, arming groups of people to open fire on anti-Bashar al-Assad protestors. Rahim considered himself a "proud supporter of the Syrian government". His resistance movements were met by criticisms from Muslim Brotherhood supporters, even death threats.
In 2012, Christians across the Middle East were often suspected of being a supporter of Abdul-Rahim, fell victim of abductions. Therefore, many were forced to arm themselves. Daniel Mouged, a Egyptian Copt, eventually led the Egyptian resistance against Islamic terrorism, fighting the government of Muhammad Morsi. During the Arab Spring, Mouged's movement also carried out counter-attacks against Muslim Brotherhood-perpetuated attacks on Egyptian government property.
The Egyptian Armed Forces recognized Daniel Mouged as a vigilante, while the Muslim Brotherhood referred to him as a kafir and a terrorist, and called for his death and execution. Although the armed forces of Egypt denied any allegations, they secretly provided arms to Mouged's movement. On November 3, 2012, a stand-off occurred in which Mouged's supporters opened fire on Muslim rioters attempting to throw Molotovs and storm Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.
More clashes occurred between Mouged's resistance forces, and with Muslims. Many Islamic organizations were beginning to be concerned with high Muslim death ratio, and called for governments around the world to "support" the ending of Mouged. Back in Syria, Dawood Abdul-Rahim was impressed with Daniel Mouged's resistance, and invited him to his home in Homs, Syria.
At this point, Abdul-Rahim, Mouged and Capucci had unified the resistance, and began establishing cells throughout the Middle East. Their resistance remained unnamed, and was often referred to as the Alliance of Three (Arabic: تحالف ثلاثة). Russian president Vladimir Putin vowed to help them, concerning more Muslim activists.
In 2013, native Christians of Saudi Arabia began standing up, establishing armed militant groups. Their leader, chose to remain anonymous and waged a "holy war" against the Islamist-ruled Saudi government. They carried out attacks against Shariah police in Saudi Arabia, so far, over 53 members of the Shariah police have been killed. They also attacked men, who beat their wives outside in public, seeing Islamic doctrine as being corrupt and insane. In addition, they also had proselytizing operations.
The Saudi Arabian government afterwards, declared them a terrorist group, and a threat to public safety in the Kingdom. They offered a reward for the head of its leader, after they beheaded the leader of a Shariah police patrol.
In 2015, the resistance rose to prominence with the emergency of the Islamic State. Abdul-Rahim promised to kill Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi - which they accomplished on July 4, 2015 - the same day of American independence day. They publicly beheaded him, and sent his head to the Saudi government as a "gift".