Syria 90 - Day Strategic Forecast: Jabhat Al - Nusra (JN)

Grand strategic objectives:

  • Establish an Islamic Emirate in Syria that is a future component of the envisioned al-Qaeda Caliphate
  • Unify the global jihadist movement

Strategic objectives:

  • Destroy the Assad regime
  • Transform Syrian society from secular nationalism to an Islamic theocracy
  • Establish locally-accepted governance as a precursor to an eventual Islamic Emirate
  • Build an army to protect the Islamic Emirate by partnering with Syrian rebel groups
  • Resolve the fitna, or schism, with ISIS
  • Counter U.S. influence in Syria